We exist to train and support you to establish pre-designed and highly impactful community run businesses.
Our growing portfolio of three social franchises are designed with and for communities living on less than $3 per day. Once piloted, we package the models and all the learnings into a "business in a box" and support you to unpack and assemble the businesses in communities you work with. We aim to help you create sustainable and independent communities that can address their own local issues. Together we can create long-term fulfilling jobs that power local economies and solve some of the world's most fundamental social issues. Our global network connects and shares learnings between otherwise isolated communities, social organisations, corporates, the public sector and amazing individuals. Each one committed to using their skills to achieve intergenerational social impact. We create significant impact through our core values:
- Social business – putting community and value creation at the centre of what we do
- Collaboration – connecting communities, NGOs, cooperates, students, public bodies and individuals to create the best possible solutions
- Innovation – encouraging the businesses in WSV and our partners to think outside the box
Sustainable Development Goals
We are committed to tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and build this into all of the enterprises in our portfolio. We are also supporters of Merit 360; the most significant program for global citizens committed to tackling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Please watch this video and let us not stop half way!
Our growing portfolio is made up of three transformative social franchises
Our model is a simple one; take an innovative solution, build a sustainable framework around it and support organisations to replicate the impact. We aim to both maximise impact and empowerment, and create scalable and long-term sustainable business. All of our work is driven by partnerships.
The most important aspect of setting up a successful micro-enterprise is a strong relationship and understanding of a community. This is why the WSV portfolio operates on a social franchise through independent and self -sustaining organisations that already have these relationships. This focus on partnerships is what drives the success of the enterprises in the WSV network.
The Business in a Box and WSV Support Services
Use WSV’s experiences implementing social enterprises across Africa to quickly and effectively build your own social enterprises and micro-businesses.
The Business in a Box is a set of tools, processes and materials that allow you to easily, quickly and efficiently set up and replicate a micro-business in any relevant community through a local partner. The Business in a Box is structured primarily for businesses operating in communities living on under $5 per day. Alongside the Business in a Box WSV offers a range of support services which help organisations to research, develop, test and build social enterprises and micro-businesses.
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Partners and Supporters
Our social franchise network includes and is supported by a whole range of people and organisations
We are building a network of organisations and individuals working together and supporting social businesses. Be this directly supporting the social franchise brands, our social sector partners or supporting the entrepreneurs and their communities. It doesn't matter what your organisation does by trade, your values and actions will describe the social good in what you do.
The origin of WSV
WSV originated from the University of Southampton Enactus team where our founders realised the potential for the projects that were being created to change lives on a global scale. This relationship is one of the most integral parts of our model and social mission. It allows us to support the amazing work that the students are doing in Enactus nationally, whilst also giving the projects they develop an opportunity to scale into the world through the WSV social franchise model.