USING A SOFT LOAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
Marvin and Lisa Ausherman wanted to direct their philanthropic giving to an organization with a strong entrepreneurial vision and the ability to create sustainable impact. After consulting with NESsT, they selected to invest in Kek Madar, a social enterprise in Hungary that trains and employs people with disabilities.
OVERCOMING EARLY STAGE CHALLENGES THROUGH INCUBATION
The Lemelson Foundation supports inventors who create products that address critical social and environmental issues, and reach and serve communities with the greatest needs. Its support of NESsT's work in Peru has jumpstarted many invention-based businesses, including Ingenimed which offers a cost-effective technology for treating jaundice in newborns in rural clinics.
ADAPTING A SWISS MODEL OF WORK INTEGRATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO THE ROMANIAN CONTEXT
Prietenia Association, an NGO established in Romania in 1996, has been working to replicate the Swiss model of social and work integration of people with mental disabilities in Romania. This case study describes the experience, lessons learned and challenges that Prietenia had to overcome.