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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Activida (Powered by Nymbl)

Website: activida.cl
Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile, Argentina
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: Activida is a mission-driven, for-profit, and principled organization. It offers a fall and fragility prevention solution for older adults by providing them with: (a) an app that they can easily and quickly download and engage with by using a smart device (tablet or phone) or via web if they do not own or use a smart phone. The app is specially designed to reduce their individual risk of falling -and thus of potentially becoming fragile or dependent by offering them a personalized program whereby they train their balance and mobility in no more than 10 minutes x day, 5x per week, in the comfort, safety, and privacy of their home…
Stage of Growth: Launch / Pilot
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Activos

Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Activos is a Chilean web platform that delivers home care services by qualified assistants based on care needs assessment for their users. Activos provides training for their assistants and has a support line available for caregivers and their family members. Through their methodology approach, Activos aims to enhance the quality of life of its users by promoting active routines that plan day-to-day activities. Activo’s team is looking to optimize administrative expenses associated with shifts coordination and aims to proportionate affordable solutions to reduce time spent on care and domestic work.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: 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, 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

Babysits

Headquarters: Netherlands

Country of Operations: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Other Latin America Countries
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Babysits is a company that offers families in Latam a platform for childcare so they can feel their children are in the best hands. The safety and comfort of children are Babysits’ top priority. The tool allows parents to take mandatory government measures and other activities to eliminate parental concerns in taking care of their children. In addition, Babysits offers multiple resources, such as childcare tips and craft activities, designed for parents to spend quality time with their kids. Their mission is to empower communities regarding childcare worldwide.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

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

Falck

Website: www.falck.co
Headquarters: Denmark

Country of Operations: Colombia, Chile, El Salvador, Other Latin America Countries
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Falck is a leading international provider of ambulances and healthcare services. For more than a century, they have worked with local and national governments to prevent accidents, illnesses, and emergencies. Falck quickly and competently rescue and assist people in emergencies and contributes to their rehabilitation after illness or disease/injury. They are committed to caring for people and society and being there whenever people need assistance.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
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 (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

First care (Grupo Vita)

Website: firstcare.cl
Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: First Care is a company that sells products that contribute to care for people with diseases that require special instruments or products to carry out their daily activities. They offer products such as Clinical Beds, Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, Bathroom Aids, and other accessories. First Care’s mission is to provide the best products to improve the quality of life of the elderly, people with illnesses, or people with disabilities.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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 time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Lavapp

Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina, Mexico, Other Countries
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Lavapp is the first App in Latin America that connects people with the best laundry stores in their neighborhood, allowing them to manage their orders from their smartphones without leaving their homes and with free delivery. Lavapp’s team’s goal is to become an economic alternative for thousands of people who need an additional income. They are addressing the challenge of the lack of affordable solutions to reduce the amount of time spent on care and domestic work, and the limited redistribution of care and domestic work to other actors in the care economy. The app has been recognized as a dignified and rewarding work tool that helped more than 100 families in 2020.
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 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)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Lavuro

Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Lavuro is a trusted community marketplace in Argentina that combines artificial and human intelligence to provide cleaning and other domestic services. Customers post their tasks to be solved by “lavurantes,” who generate extra income doing what they know best. Lavuro´s primary goal is to offer a product that resolves multiple issues in the range of the care economy so that their users have a multipurpose platform to find solutions to their care needs.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Lazarillo

Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile, Other Countries
Women owned / led: None
About the organization: Lazarillo is a Chilean app that helps people with visual disabilities to improve their independence with information on their routes to access physical or digital services. Lazarillo addresses the lack of affordable solutions to reduce the amount of time spent on care and domestic work by improving the well-being and independence of people with disabilities. They have benefited more than 400,000 people by delivering a simple platform that made it easier for people to have traveled more than 6000 times around the world independently.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: 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)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

LivUp

Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women
About the organization: LivUp is dedicated to prolonging and protecting the vitality of the elderly. This Chilean platform promotes prevention to decrease the need for intensive care. LiveUp is addressing the limited redistribution of care and domestic work and creating affordable solutions to reduce the amount of time spent on caring f and domestic work. Between 2018 and 2020, LivUp has impacted 97 families with the innovative figure of autonomy’s promoter and by employing people over their 50s.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above)
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), Awareness raising on the care economy through marketing, information campaigns & programmes that raise awareness & increase motivation
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Nannyfy

Website: nannyfy.com
Headquarters: Spain

Country of Operations: Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, other Latin America countries
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Nannyfy is a platform guided by “nannies” that promote learning in children to assist parents through digital content. Nannyfy allows parents to offer an interactive and exciting experience for their children from 3 to 12 years of age with live videos that stimulate kids´ learning skills. Nannyfy´s services also include enterprises’ solutions to implement corporate activities with families and their children, among others.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above)
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

Sitly

Website: www.sitly.co
Headquarters: Netherlands

Country of Operations: Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, other Latin America countries
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Sitly is a platform that connects families with nannies and babysitters. Sitly is built by parents, for parents. They want kids to have the best care, and parents to have peace of mind when they can’t take care of their kids. Sitly is now the fastest-growing platform that allows babysitters, nannies, and families to connect while it recognizes and dignifies people’s work dedicated to childcare.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Child-care (Ages 6 and above)
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, Reward, Redistribute

Te lo lavo

Website: telolavo.cl
Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Te lo lavo brings cleanliness everywhere to improve people´s lives. The company aims to help reduce the time people spend on household chores and positively impact their lives by offering cleaning services for houses, clothes, and other facilities.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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

TeleCuidado

Website: telecuidado
Headquarters: Chile

Country of Operations: Chile
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women
About the organization: Telecuidado is a telemonitoring system for the elderly. The innovative service consists of a wearable device connected 24×7 to a monitoring center, which receives the user’s vital signs, location, and signals from the patient. If an emergency is detected, the user, their family members, and health emergency professionals are immediately contacted if necessary.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above)
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

Timbrit

Headquarters: Spain

Country of Operations: Colombia, Argentina, Chile, other Latin America countries
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Timbrit is an all-in-one platform that offers an array of home services that connects readily to help professionals with any project, including cleaning, caregiving, among others, such as home repairs or emergencies.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Child-care (Ages 6 and above), 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), Provision of affordable services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

UGOGO

Website: ugogo.co
Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Ugogo is a technology-enabled home care provider that uses digital and artificial intelligence to improve elderly care services in Latam. Ugogo offers technology-based tools for patient history and personalized care plans drawn up by professionals, among others. They aim to change the care culture and raise awareness around caregivers’ burnout while improving the quality of life of the elderly and their families.
Stage of Growth: Small scale roll-out/Early stage
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above)
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: Recognize, Reduce, Redistribute

Usound

Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina
Women owned / led: At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: uSound is an Intelligent Hearing System that transforms smartphones into listening devices for hearing assistance. The device’s cutting-edge technology is interactive and can learn and grow from the user’s needs, helping to improve people’s quality of life for essential communication and other benefits. uSound also contributes to preventing future hearing loss by dynamically adjusting the intensity of sound frequencies to an optimal level according to the patient´s demands.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons)
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: Recognize

Zolvers

Website: zolvers.com
Headquarters: Argentina

Country of Operations: Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Zolvers is an online platform that aims to improve the lives of 17 million domestic workers in Latin America through better job opportunities and financial inclusion. Zolvers offer a range of care and household services: accompaniment for the elderly, nursing, care for people with disabilities, plumbing, painting, electricity services, gas filters, house and office cleaning, installation services, and general repairs. They directly impact the redistribution of care and domestic services to a third party, helping to reduce the time households spend on those activities. Through technology, its mission is to connect customers with people looking for cleaning or home maintenance work.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons), Care for people with illnesses, Domestic services, Labour saving solutions
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reward, Redistribute