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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4Home

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: 4Home is an enterprise that leverages a collaborative culture to provide hourly domestic services. 4Home offers services of household cleaning, laundry, and ironing. The company aims to reduce the time invested in domestic chores while positively impacting the lives of domestic workers through formalization and social security benefits.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: 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 affordable time and labour saving technology and products (e.g. product that makes washing, cooking more efficient)
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Reward, Redistribute

Abundant Water

Headquarters: Laos

Country of Operations: Laos
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Abundant Water is a non-profit entity that delivers health and hygiene benefits to poor communities in Laos. The entity designs and develops sustainable and scalable clean drinking water projects. It trains local potters and vendors to launch scalable water filter micro-businesses as part of its model, ensuring that these communities have a supply of clean water. Abudant Water’s model reduces the time spent by households to collect water.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Acacia Innovations Ltd

Headquarters: Kenya

Country of Operations: Kenya
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: Acacia Innovations is a for-profit, women-led social enterprise specializing in the manufacturing and sale of biomass briquettes (branded under Kuni Safi). It reduces care work by saving time, money & energy spent by women in cooking and fuel collection. Acacia manufactures and distributes affordable cookstoves & briquettes, a nearly smokeless alternative to firewood, made of sugarcane waste. The enterprise’s work has helped reduce deforestation and the risk of respiratory illnesses due to indoor air pollution. Acacia’s customers save an average of 35% compared to firewood and 50% compared to charcoal.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Labour saving solutions, Child-care (Ages 6 and above)
Activities in the care economy: Provision of affordable time and labour saving technology and products
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Ace Cambodia

Headquarters: Cambodia

Country of Operations: Cambodia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: ACE is a for-profit entity with operations in Cambodia, Lesotho and Uganda. The ACE One energy system is an integral energy solution for off-the-grid households in the developing world. It provides a device that uses a combination of thermal and electric generation to provide a clean, smokeless cooking experience for its users, a high quality solar-biomass hybrid enabling users to cook using significantly less fuel and offers access to electricity for mobile charging and lighting. The entity’s product helps reduce harmful indoor smoke emissions which can cause significant health problems and reduces the drudgery associated with care work.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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

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

Advenio

Website: advenio.mx
Headquarters: Mexico

Country of Operations: Mexico
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 51% owned by women
About the organization: ADVENIO are centers specialized in stimulating, educating, and developing children from 43 days to 6 years. Backed by more than ten years of experience and with centers in Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, ADVENIO offers adequate alternatives daycare centers within corporations, industrial parks, and business centers for families and companies interested in cultivating their human capital. ADVENIO offers customized daycare solutions and personalized projects, including individual online or in-home services, helping to redistribute caring responsibilities to other organizations in society.
This initiative directly impacts people with hearing impairments, reducing the amount of time their caregivers, especially women, spend to allow them to communicate with others.”
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), Labour saving solutions
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Aide

Headquarters: Philippines

Country of Operations: Philippines
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman
About the organization: AIDE provides reliable and affordable home care services to clients in Philippines. It offers a digital marketplace for healthcare service at home, patients can book an appointment for health care service such as nursing care and doctor home visit. This for-profit company reduces the burden of care work by providing affordable and standardized home-care services.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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 persons with special needs (disabled / differently abled persons) Care for people with illnesses”
Activities in the care economy: services & policies/practice that improve condition for domestic & care worker (e.g. apps that calculate decent remuneration)
Pathway to impact: Reduce

Aliviamos

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Aliviamos is a Colombian company that cares and works to give patients a better quality of life. Their goal is to contribute to patients’ physical, emotional, and psychological recovery while providing support to their families. Aliviamos offers nursing home services, nursing for COVID patients, care for the elderly and people with illnesses, and personnel selection for third-party organizations.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
Types of Services: Elderly-care (Ages 60 and above), Care for people with illnesses
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Redistribute

Aqua Clara Kenya

Headquarters: United States of America

Country of Operations: Kenya
Women owned / led: At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: Aqua Clara is a non-profit entity that provide communities with affordable, easy-to use filters, so they can access safe water at home. Aqua Clara’s products are used by households, schools and health centres. The entity’s products have reduced care work as families no longer have to boil water over smoky fires to remove impurities. This has not only reduced illnesses but also has reduced the time and money spent on collecting and buying fuel.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
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

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

Asistia

Headquarters: Mexico

Country of Operations: Mexico
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Asistia is Mexico’s best home care marketplace. The company allows finding an adequate caregiver or nurse depending on families’ needs. Asistia certifies 100% of their associates and caregivers, making the process easy and safe. Their mission is to provide nursing staff for the elderly at home to improve their quality of life, while assisting families in taking care of their beloved ones.
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
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

ATEC* Biodigesters International (ATEC)

Headquarters: Bangladesh

Country of Operations: Bangladesh
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: ATEC Biodigesters International (ATEC) is a for-profit entity that provides sustainable, affordable and accessible clean cooking products for base of the pyramid households in Bangladesh and Cambodia. It has integrated a pay-as-you-go (“PAYGO”) consumer finance model with the household biodigesters, allowing rural farmers to easily access a technology that produces biogas as a clean cooking solution, as well as sustainable, organic fertilizer for agriculture. For women and girls, the entity’s product reduces the drudgery associated with accessing firewood for cooking. It also has positive impacts on the environment and health of women.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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
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

Ayasan

Headquarters: Thailand

Country of Operations: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions, At least 30% of women in board of directors
About the organization: Ayasan is a for-profit company that provides personnel for housework and care work to its customers. It is operational in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand and provides personnel for a range of services, such as nannies, tutors, chauffeurs, and caregivers to the elderly. It also provides upskilling and certification to care-givers and provides them opportunities for continued employment.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Domestic services
Activities in the care economy: Provision of technology & services that train/upskill domestic & care workers
Pathway to impact: Reduce, Reward

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

Baby Service

Headquarters: Peru

Country of Operations: Peru
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Baby’s Service is a baby and child care service, which seeks and selects babysitters in Lima, Peru, and abroad. Baby Service offers a specialized childcare service with continuing training and first aid certifications for their caregivers. Baby service also provides geriatric nursing services and home assistants for the elderly. Its mission is to provide the best care services while ensuring good working conditions for its employees.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
Types of Services: Infant-care (children younger than 1-year), Child-care (Ages 1 to 5), 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 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

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

Baobab +

Headquarters: France

Country of Operations: Senegal
Women owned / led: At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Baobab+ is a social business committed to providing clean, affordable and reliable energy to people living off-grid and in rural areas by offering them quality products with adapted financial solutions. They sell small, high quality, easy to use, solar PV home systems to customers on credit with flexible payment terms. The entity’s solar solutions reduce the amount of time spent on domestic work and significantly improve lives by prolonging the activity hours of the population by enabling them to cook, study and work beyond the hours of daylight. In 5 years, Baobab+ has equipped 220,000 households, more than 80% of whom live in rural areas, with domestic solar solutions and enabled people to have access to light. Baobab + has assisted in increasing study time for students by 75%, has increased users’ income by 25%, and has saved 210,000 tonnes of CO2.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
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