Community Empowerment Solutions, was founded as a US 501c3 organization in May of 2004.
Our activities are driven by our mission of playing a game-changing role in the empowerment of marginalized, impoverished and vulnerable community members in the developing world. We have a variety of tools under our belt and we are continually exploring and designing new ways to support the people we serve.
Social Entrepreneur Corps offers students and youngsters the real world opportunity to learn and work side by side with social entrepreneurs in Latin America. Over 1,000 amazing people have participated in Social Entrepreneur Corps to date. In 2015 alone participants contributed roughly 30,000 hours in the field to our work.
Soluciones Comunitarias (SolCom) is a sister organization and a locally-owned social enterprise. We have offices in Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Mexico.
Founded in July 2014, Solisyon Kominote Yo is a local Haitian social enterprise that emerged from the Ouanaminthe Social Impact and Innovation Consortium (OSIIC).
Community Empowerment Solutions together with Soluciones Comunitarias and Solisyon Kominote Yo; locally owned social enterprises, identify, teach, equip and support impact-focused entrepreneurs who offer villagers the opportunity to access cookstoves, vision solutions, solar energy solutions, water purification buckets, and other high social impact technologies for the first time in their lives.
CE Solutions has worked with our friends, partners and collaborators to create over $12,000,000 of net economic impact (earnings + productivity gains + cost savings) in over 2,500 communities. Conservatively over 150,000 people have directly benefitted from our efforts.
The MCM was developed by our founder Greg Van Kirk and has been adopted by many organizations around the world like Vision Spring.
The model makes it possible to offer income generating opportunities by training local women to sell products that improve the well being of the BoP. It aims at improving the access to products the communities need and want.
We are specialists creating new approaches and powerful tools to solve some of the world’s most pressing social challenges. The work we do has been recognized by leaders in the industry such as Ashoka, the World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
We seek to foster collaboration between key stakeholders to create innovative social impact. Our reach and resources are second to none and we have developed projects that go from designing a macro and micro-franchising strategy for Vision Spring, to launching a social impact consortium in Haiti.
Innovating with others
We are Social Entrepreneurs
INNOVATING WITH OTHERS
Levi Strauss Foundation, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt, Haiti
Support LSF and local vendors to introduce and design workers well-being programs through partnership with local NGOs.
Smart Vision Labs, USA
Testing a phone based eye exam device in the field, designing the marketing strategy as well as creating partnerships with leading organizations in the vision field.
Inter-American Development Bank, Suriname
Design of a Micro-Franchising model for boat engine maintance services in communities.
Developed a community tourism project by working with 4 hotels and 2 restaurants.
Cause for Hope, Nicaragua
Fesabilitiy study for introduction of vision services through Vision Spring while ensuring sustainability.
Facilitate communication, increase efficiency and enhance marketing opportunities for business in the tourism, small business development and technology.
Church World Service, Gambia and Senegal
Worked with local micro finance organizations to evaluate the best practices and develop a guide for assessing the organizations on the whole and identify key partners.
Church World Service, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Create income generation projects in this region that is still struggling to emerge from the recent civil conflict. This is part of a larger initiative, “Build a Village”.
Church World Service, Serbia
Evaluated an effort by CWS/Europe to support displaced families from Kosovo in Serbia since 2000 by providing vulnerable people with agricultural machinery, seeds and tools to improve food security.
Church World Service, Guatemala
Analyzed an income generating initiative including business models, market strategies, planning process and implementation procedures being utilized in a greenhouse project.
Columbia University, USA
Developed programs in the areas of workforce development, new job and venture creation, youth education, and specific community based learning class projects in Upper Manhattan.
Franklin & Marshall College, South Africa
Assessed the feasibility of creating volunteer/internship programs for Franklin & Marshall College students in Cape Town, South Africa.
Fundacion Paraguaya, Paraguay
Feasibility study and pilot project throughout strategic areas of Paraguay in order to ascertain the potential sustainability and impact of the VisionSpring reading glasses and micro-consignment model.
Fundacion Solar, Guatemala
Marketing materials and booklet for international investors on renewable energy investment opportunities in Guatemala.
GIGOT - University of Notre Dame
Worked with MicroVenturing program within the Gigot Center for pioneering practical approaches to creating successful community based micro-ventures through classroom, workshop, and in-market exercises.
Conducted a feasibility study and pilot project in the state of the Yucatan, Mexico in order to ascertain the potential profitability of the VisionSpring reading glasses MicroConsignment initiative within OneRoof’s infrastructure.
Soros Foundation, Guatemala
Assessed the management structure and development of the overall business plan and hiring strategies for The Soros Foundation Rural Investment Fund in Guatemala.
Lead a number of projects including design, organization and execution of Expo Ixil.
U-Specs and the ROS Foundation to assess the viability and design the structure for selling field adjustable myopic glasses to children.
Vision Spring, Latin America
Creation of rural entrepreneurship opportunities for women through the sale of affordable reading glasses in developing countries, has adopted MicroConsignment Model for their worldwide expansion.
Water for people, Guatemala
Conducted a pilot to create greater awareness about key health and hygiene issues in the rural Western Highlands of Guatemala and to create high impact, practical training methodologies.