Social Enterprise


5 Lessons Learned Scaling a Social Enterprise

5 Lessons Learned Scaling a Social Enterprise Cover

Here is a summary of the lessons we learned along the way that have helped prove a clean cookstove company can be sustainable, and by sharing them we hope to help other social enterprises overcome common barriers to market entry and scale.… read more


How better customer service can help the world’s poor out of energy poverty

A useful product can get someone’s attention, but customer service is the cornerstone of establishing trust. A lot of companies that serve customers in poor countries have innovative, affordable products that never make it off the shelf. If the need is there, and the market exists why are sales lacking? Too often it’s because these… read more


Envirofit International Honored as B Corp Best for Customers

Envirofit International Honored as B Corp Best for Customers

Envirofit International was recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. Envirofit International is honored in the Best for Customers list, which includes businesses that earned a Customer score in the top 10 percent of more… read more


Envirofit India employee profile – Mangesh Ayawale

Envirofit India salesman Mangesh Ayawale

Humility and well-earned pride in accomplishment are both emotions that shine through in Mangesh Ayawale. Mangesh moved to Pune and joined Envirofit India four years ago, and in that time he has worked his way forward from an office boy to a skilled salesman.… read more


Envirofit and Biolite selected to receive first funding from Clean Cooking Working Capital Fund

The Clean Cooking Working Capital Fund (Fund) has awarded its first round of funding to two social enterprise firms – Envirofit International and BioLite. The USD 4 million Fund is designed to accelerate development of the clean cooking supply chain in low-income communities by supporting enterprises that face difficulty accessing traditional sources of capital.… read more


Envirofit CEO Ron Bills in World Economic Forum – “Poor people don’t need your charity – they need you to listen”

Regardless of how much money you have, people don’t like being patronized. Eight years into running a social enterprise, I have seen first-hand the good that business can do in alleviating global problems. It was only after meeting our customers first-hand to listen to their needs and design a cookstove that fit their lifestyle that… read more