We reviewed over 200 businesses worldwide*, and have identified over 175 businesses operating in the care economy across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia who met the following 4 criteria: 
1- Geography focus: operating in project target countries.
2- Care economy impact: business activities recognize, reduce, reward or redistribute care work.
3- Proof of concept: care economy activities at least at the launch stage (none of the businesses are at concept stage).
4- Market-based intervention: already or planning to be financially profitable or to generate income in the medium term.
Most of the selected businesses operate in the regions and countries of focus, however some of them are present in other countries as well.

* Disclaimer: The data presented in the business mapping is based on information provided by the businesses and has not been independently verified

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AgeWatch Africa Foundation

Headquarters: Kenya

Country of Operations: Kenya
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: AgeWatch Africa Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to provide compassionate and high-quality care to the elderly in rural Kenya. AAF provides a variety of care services including home care, group day-care, palliative care and a full-service residential care facility. AAF’s customers include economically disadvantaged, those in poor health, people living with disability, and those living alone.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons), Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reduce

Aliadas

Website: aliadas.co
Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Aliadas is an organization committed to using technology and communications in favor of domestic workers and their training processes. Aliadas is a mobile app at the service of domestic workers in Colombia that will soon be available to download. Through 8 functions, Aliadas seeks to contribute to recognizing domestic workers and their labor rights. Employers are also invited to take advantage of this tool to learn about their responsibilities and the labor rights of their domestic workers.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Labour saving solutions
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reward

Arogga

Headquarters: Bangladesh

Country of Operations: Bangladesh
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Arogga is a a for-profit digital pharmacy and healthcare startup in Bangladesh. It has developed an app that enables patients to manage, order and track the delivery of medication and healthcare products in and around Dhaka. Arogga increases affordability and availability of medicines by buying in bulk and passing a percentage of the manufacturer’s discount to its customers. The platform also provides services such as doctor consultations, laboratory testing and insurance. Its services reduce the burden of unpaid care work involved in taking care of family members with chronic illnesses that require frequent follow-ups and medications. It enables customers to sources all prescribed medications from a single source.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: “Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons) Care for people with illnesses”
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Asistta

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions, At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: Asistta is a Colombian platform that connects health professionals with users who require home services, medicine administration, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, psychological services, nutrition, speech therapy, and nursing. Around 90% of its workforce are women. The Asistta platform is focused on supporting informal caregivers to enter the economy through an academic support network. In addition, it provides caregivers with the necessary training to enter the labor market by giving them the possibility of learning from home.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons), Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of technology, services & policies/practice that improve condition for domestic & care worker (e.g. apps that calculate decent remuneration), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reward, Redistribute

Asteroid

Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina
Women owned / led: None
About the organization: Asteroid is a company focused on new technologies that seek to develop innovative projects and products to provide a better quality of life to people with disabilities or in vulnerable health situations in Argentina. Asteroid’s main product is Hablalo, a mobile app that is helping +75.000 disabled people to communicate better. They offer a text-to-speech translator and speech-to-text translator with no need of wifi connection.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Atend

Website: www.atend.mx
Headquarters: Mexico

Country of Operations: Mexico
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Atend is the safest and most efficient way to find quality caregivers and nursing services to deliver home care for the elderly. The company offers ease of contracting and payment for elderly care, home nursing, short-term services, and nannies, for which they have trained their staff to respond fast and efficiently.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above), Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Domestic services
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of technology, services & policies/practice that improve condition for domestic & care worker (e.g. apps that calculate decent remuneration), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Reward, Redistribute

AYAT Care

Website: ayatcare.com
Headquarters: Bangladesh

Country of Operations: Bangladesh
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 30% women in seniorleadership positions
About the organization: AYAT Care provides personnel for care services which are tailored to the needs of the care receiver and includes health monitoring, mental health support and medical advice, in addition to traditional care for children and the elderly. It makes professional care services available to its customers by providing training for its care-givers. It provides employment opportunities to mostly female youth, who have dropped out from school, while serving customers who find it difficult to find trained and dependable caregivers. Although profit oriented, AYAT care is not profitable yet. It plans to become profitable in the next 3 years.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Child-care (Ages 6 and above), Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons), Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reward, Redistribute

Bitmec

Website: bitmec.com
Headquarters: Guatemala

Country of Operations: Guatemala, Other Latin America Countries
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: “Bitmec Health Technologies Limited (“Bitmec”) is a Guatemala-based technology startup developing telemedicine tools (hardware + software) that facilitate access to high-quality, cost-effective, and scalable primary healthcare services. Their medical devices seamlessly and efficiently capture health information to prevent diseases. All Bitmec devices are interconnected and IoT-enabled, providing accurate real-time data for healthcare providers and decision-makers.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above), Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Brightgreen renewable energy

Headquarters: Kenya

Country of Operations: Kenya
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Brightgreen Renewable Energy produces and distributes safe and smokeless charcoal made from recycled urban waste. This for-profit company is operational in Kenya. It delivers clean and sustainable energy to customers through B2B and B2B2C models. The company aims to reduce the costs associated with cooking by up to 50% and reduce the reliance of African households on wood fuel. This in turn reduces the drudgery associated with wood collection and cooking for many African women.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Caracola Deli

Headquarters: Uruguay

Country of Operations: Uruguay
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Caracola Deli is a platform dedicated to selling healthy meals (lunches) for people with specific dietary needs indicated by professionals. This platform seeks to reduce the amount of time spent cooking, especially for those who require specific diets due to illnesses or other health conditions. By doing so, Caracola Deli addresses the lack of affordable solutions to reduce time spent on care and domestic work.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

CarePlus Ghana

Headquarters: Ghana

Country of Operations: Ghana
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: CarePlus Ghana is a home & family care and support agency that specialises in providing personalised at-home and community care and support services. It specializes in providing care services for people living with disability, the elderly and children. It is a for-profit company based in Ghana that reduces the burden of care-work on famiy members, predominantly women.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: “Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above)
Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons)
Child-care (Ages 1 to 5)
Child-care (Ages 6 and above)
Care for people with illnesses
Domestic services”
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Cleantap

Headquarters: Mexico

Country of Operations: Mexico
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Cleantap is a high social impact platform that generates sources of self-employment for women. Cleantap offers laundry, dry cleaning, and ironing services while aiming to reduce the amount of time spent on domestic services, and providing flexible jobs for women.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Corporación Unión Cristal – IMA Limpia

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions, At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: IMA Limpia is a social enterprise administratively and operationally led by women who have served as domestic workers, perform cleaning, care, cooking, and washing jobs. These women are certified in the professionalization of domestic service and have access to social security and other benefits that improve their lives. Their priority is the human being, both within the organization and abroad, seeking a warm, responsible, and reliable service.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above), Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of technology, services & policies/practice that improve condition for domestic & care worker (e.g. apps that calculate decent remuneration), Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reduce, Reward

Cuidarlos

Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina
Women owned / led: None
About the organization: Cuidarlos provides innovative solutions for the care of the elderly and people with disabilities, connecting and managing families, patients, and caregivers in an agile, fast and safe way, without intermediaries. Their mission is to create an ecosystem that guarantees access to the best care for people, that provides opportunities for those who have a vocation for service to stand out, and that is a means to manage and efficiently independent life in homes to significantly improve the quality of those who take part.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons)
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Dame una mano

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Dame una mano seeks to support families through home healthcare for people with chronic illnesses or who need constant help in their daily activities. It addresses the lack of affordable solutions to reduce the amount of time spent on care activities while providing training and upskilling workers in the care economy. The organization aims to democratize accompanying or caring services for the elderly to the middle and lower income families.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Doc-doc

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Doc-doc is an app that connects people with medical specialists via chat and video consultations. Doc-Doc is transforming healthcare services by giving patients access to professional doctors instantly and affordably and centralizing medical history and prescriptions in the app.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Docademic

Headquarters: Mexico

Country of Operations: Mexico
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: The DOCADEMIC PLATFORM is a single globally-sourced healthcare service platform for the public that begins with a free Human Doctor-AI assisted Video Telemedicine service powered by the DOCADEMIC APP and an associated suite of AI-assisted tools for the medical community called “Docademic for Doctors.” Combined, these produce the highest level of free essential quality healthcare allowing any individual to access the benefits and knowledge of healthcare that technology now permits.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Care for people with illnesses
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Redistribute

Doña Dora

Headquarters: Guatemala

Country of Operations: Guatemala
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Doña Dora is a designer and manufacturer of wood-saving stoves in Guatemala. The stoves reduce firewood consumption by up to 50%, heats up for the first tortilla in 5 minutes, extracts all smoke out of the kitchen, avoids the risk of burns. The kitchen stays shiny because it doesn’t have smoke smearing all over it since its smooth tiles are easy to keep clean for hygienic food preparation. The entire stove function comes pre-built with factory controls to ensure performance at home. The family can build their tailored base with block or adobe for a fixed stove.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers (e.g. technology that links employers to domestic/care workers), Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Eau et Vie

Headquarters: France

Country of Operations: Bangladesh, Philippines
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions, At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: Eau et Vie is a non-profit that develops water networks in slum areas to provide affordable and sustainable tap water at home. The organization is able to serve tap water in locations where operators of municipal systems are unable to reach. This enables time savings for women and reduces drudgery in accessing water from inconvenient locations. Furthermore, it not only promotes urban inclusion but also has impacts on aspects such as hygiene (personal and menstrual), fire-fighting, waste management and sanitation.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology, services & policies/practice that improve conditions for domestic & care worker
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reduce

Folia Water

Headquarters: United States of America

Country of Operations: Bangladesh
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Folia Water is a for-profit company. It provides affordable and effective water filtration systems to communities that lack access to safe and potable water. Its patented silver-infused filter papers kill bacteria and viruses and filter out dirt and larger parasites. Its water filteration systems reduce the drudgery in collecting water from inconvenient places, especially for women. Other associated impacts include reduced negative health impacts from unsafe water and associated time and capital costs for low-income households.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products
Pathway to impact: Reduce