Watsi is on a mission to provide healthcare for every person in the world.

Healtchare founder, Grace Garey of Watsi

Grace Garey, Watsi

In March, on Social Entrepreneur, we are focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being. A billion people around the world do not have access to basic healthcare. And, for those who are fortunate enough to have access, the cost of healthcare can create a life-crippling financial burden.

Watsi enables anyone to directly fund life-changing healthcare for people around the world. You can go onto their web site, see photos and read stories of patients. You can donate as little as five dollars. All the donated money goes directly to the patient.

Donors receive updates throughout the funding process. Once the patient’s healthcare is funded, donors receive updates from doctors and healthcare workers. Donors experience full transparency from the donation to the impact.

Since launching four years ago, visitors to the site have raised $7.5 million to provide healthcare for more than 10,000 patients in 24 countries.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Grace Garey

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We believe everyone deserves healthcare.” @gracegarey, @watsi”]

“A billion people around the world don’t have access to basic healthcare.”

“It’s all through a network of local medical partners.”

“When you support a patient, by default, 100% of your donation goes to support that patient’s care.”

“My parents are both progressive people who raised me and my sister to care about the rest of the world, outside of our bubble.”

“When people are safe and healthy and have access to the basic things they need, they make good decisions and they make the world around them better.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We started working on Watsi on nights and weekends.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We just started.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

“We employed the generosity of a lot of people who were excited about the idea.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We really didn’t know if it would work or not.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“We started with almost no systems.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

“Our initial goal was that we would fund healthcare for ten patients in the first six months, and we did it in the first six hours.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“I didn’t know what Y Combinator was.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

“We were more like the for-profit startups than we were different.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“When we got to YC, everyone was thinking really big.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

“We told them that we wanted to change global health and they did not blink an eye.”

“They assumed it was worth trying.”

“There are now a dozen or so non-profits and social ventures who have gone through Y Combinator. They’ve all meshed this idea of making an impact with the idea of reaching scale.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“Up to 40% of health funding is lost to inefficiency.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

[spp-tweet tweet=”“The hardest part throughout this whole journey is just scaling as a person.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

“Everyone talks about what it takes to scale your startup, but you also have to scale.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”“You have to get used to being really bad at your job most of the time.” @gracegarey, @watsi“]

Social Entrepreneurship Resources:

More Stories of Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being

In 2017, we’re emphasizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In March, we are focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being. You can read more about Sustainable Development Goal 1 here, Sustainable Development Goal 2 here, or learn about all of the Sustainable Development Goals here.

About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

2 comments on “157, Grace Garey, Watsi | Everyone Deserves Healthcare

  1. Kenny Lester says:

    What an amazing person is Grace Garey and Watsi!!

    1. Tony Loyd says:

      I agree, Kenny. What amazes me even more is that Grace is a regular person like you and me who made a difference. As she said, “We just started.” I really enjoyed getting to know her. She’s a good person with a big heart who would not let go of an idea.

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