In Africa, lack of access to quality healthcare causes millions of preventable deaths. Drawing on a proven micro-entrepreneurial model—the Avon lady—Living Goods combines door-to-door sales with mobile technology. Women sell low-cost, quality health and household goods within their communities, helping neighbors while achieving their own financial security.
See how Cisco helps entrepreneurs fight poverty using mobile technology to sell products that promote health.
Cisco funded the development of a mobile technology platform to add sophisticated digital capabilities to Living Goods’ “business in a bag” toolkit. The platform enables Community Health Promoters (CHPs), as the sales agents are known, to operate their businesses more efficiently while offering more services to their customers.
The mobile platform supports a big vision—to improve the health and wealth of 50 million people in need by 2025. The efficiencies, cost savings, and knowledge gained from digitization is enabling Living Goods to hire more CHPs, reach more beneficiaries, and continue to move toward financial sustainability.
5 million+ people received health and hygiene information and products
6500 community health promoters improve their financial security
27% reduction in under-five child mortality in communities where Living Goods operates
“Living Goods is building an innovative double-bottom line model that empowers micro-entrepreneurs to earn an income by dramatically improving the health, wealth, and productivity of people living in poverty.”Ray Chambers, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria
Mobile healthcare analytics transforms Living Goods’ global problem solving.