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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ACOMPAÑAMIENTO COLOMBIA

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: The company brings solutions for the supply and demand of the care economy sector. They offer elderly care, care for people with illnesses or disabilities, childcare, and domestic services while addressing formalization challenges of care workers. Simultaneously, the organization positively impacts women’s employment, providing them with opportunities to get social protection and fair rewards. This model is suitable for women who might need flexible jobs. They also receive training and can monitor their progress through a platform that uses gamification techniques.
Stage of Growth: Launch/Pilot
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, 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), Awareness raising on the care economy through marketing, information campaigns & programmes that raise awareness & increase motivation
Pathway to impact: Reward

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

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

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

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

Aseana Caregivers

Headquarters: Philippines, Other Asian countries

Country of Operations: Singapore
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Aseana Caregivers is a home healthcare provider based in Singapore. It provides trained and qualified live-in caregivers, homes nursing, homecare services and other healthcare related programs. The company is a for-profit that reduces the burden on family members, especially women. It also redistributes care work on the household and provides upskilling services for the caregivers.
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 services that provide care & domestic work (e.g. affordable daycare services in rural areas)
Pathway to impact: Redistribute

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

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

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

BEST CARE

Headquarters: Uruguay

Country of Operations: Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Other Countries
Women owned / led: Founded by at least one woman, At least 30% women in senior leadership positions
About the organization: Best Care’s mission is to improve the quality of people´s lives. Best Care has a network of caregivers in several countries around the world that provides care, assistance, and support services to people, both in hospitalization and at home. Best Care’s commercial models are affordable to all population segments. They offer services with an innovative commercial model, focused on B2B and B2C.
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: 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), Awareness raising on the care economy through marketing, information campaigns & programmes that raise awareness & increase motivation
Pathway to impact: Recognize, Reduce, 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

Carer

Headquarters: Singapore

Country of Operations: Singapore
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Carer is a for-profit company based in Singapore. It helps reduce caregiver stress and improves the quality of home care by being a trusted resource for caregiver training and online nurse counselling and providing reliable home care for caregivers who need support. By providing caregivers a range of services, the company not only redistributes the burden of care work but also reduces the burden of care work by connecting the households to external caregivers.
Stage of Growth: 0
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)
Pathway to impact: Redistribute

Cuidados Dorothea

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Cuidados Dorothea offers a platform created to respond to the daily problems of dependent people and older adults. They provide professional nurses and caregivers for people who need special care to achieve an effective recovery and improve their life quality. Cuidados Dorothea focuses on the well-being of people by treating nursing as an essential service, making it easier for people to provide these services.
Stage of Growth: Established/Mature
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

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

Enfermeros de tu mano

Headquarters: Colombia

Country of Operations: Colombia
Women owned / led: Information not available
About the organization: Enfermeros a tu Mano is a company that has home health services specializing in non-vital emergencies and special care. They have a team of professionals taking care of those who remain in medical-special conditions, both at home and in hospitals.
Stage of Growth: Mass roll-out/Expansion
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 (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