Honorable Mention in the 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. The case describes the founding and growth of Community Enterprise Solutions (CE Solutions), an NGO working at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) in Guatemala. Founder, Greg Van Kirk’s experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala allowed him to identify several opportunities for entrepreneurial businesses designed to employ local workers, attract more tourist dollars into the Ixil region, and eventually work toward community development within the region.
Community Enterprise Solutions: Replicating the Microconsignment Model
by: Paul Godfrey
Core Disciplines: Base of the Pyramid, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Social Impact, Sustainability
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After reading and discussing the material, students should:
- Understand and illustrate how social entrepreneurs identify opportunities for creating new products or services.
- Evaluate the value created by the sustainability and the robustness of the underlying business model, the MCM.
- Explore how specific contexts and conditions affect the duplicability of the business model.