093, Taylor Downs, OpenFn | Increase Impact by Automating #TechForGood

In today’s episode of Social Entrepreneur, we continue our #TechForGood series. Today we meet Taylor Downs of OpenFn (pronounced open function). OpenFn is the easy way for NGOs to connect all of their technologies in a few clicks. Here’s why that is important. We know the promise of technology. When we automate routine data jobs: We increase the speed of our impact, brining data to near real time. We increase data accuracy, reducing data entry errors. We reduce costs of people-intensive routine jobs. And we can more easily utilize our technology, reducing the need for technical specialists on the job. We can quickly scale and amplify our impact, especially when…

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092, Hillary Miller-Wise, Esoko | #TechForGood for Smallholder Farmers

Smallholder farmers, those with just a few acres of land, produce 80% of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. There are 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide. Esoko is a for-profit social enterprise and technology company that enables smallholder farmers to connect to markets. Farmers can get information on how to best grow their crops, how to deal with pests or to find the best price for their commodities in the local market. As a result of having this information, smallholder farmers can increase their productivity and their income. Farmers can interact with Esoko through SMS, voice messaging, call centers, a web presence and an Android app. Esoko is…

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091, Cameron Goldie-Scot, Musoni Services | Microfinance #TechForGood

Cameron Goldie-Scot is a cofounder of Musoni Services, an award-winning, low-cost microfinance software licensed to more than 50 microfinance institutions. This episode of the podcast Social Entrepreneur is the first in a series we’re calling #TechForGood. As you know, technology is well suited for driving inefficiencies out of the market, creating value and allowing founders to reap rewards. And, while there is nothing wrong with creating a billion dollar tech startup, the same principles can be applied to take on some of the most intractable problems of our time. Cameron’s story starts when he graduated from university and decided to take a 5-week assignment, investigating the possibility of using M-Pesa…

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