This project was initiated by: Exceed Worldwide with Exceed Social Enterprises

Limb loss or disability caused by disease or congenital issues has devastating personal, opportunity and economic costs. In Asia, millions of people with disabilities do NOT have access to life-changing Prosthetic & Orthotic (P&O) services. NGO Exceed Worldwide, which has worked in the region for 25 years to train P&O practitioners and supply tens of thousands of custom-made P&O devices, is addressing this massive challenge. It has established Exceed Social Enterprises (ESE) to operate private P&O clinics and a P&O distribution business, to generate profits purely for social impact. ESE profits will expand P&O education and the charitable and private P&O sectors, to address the P&O health challenge on an appropriate scale.

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Exceed Social Enterprises (ESE)


Project Summary

ESE and its owner, Exceed Worldwide are utilising a twin-track strategy to scale-up access to Prosthetic & Orthotic (PO) education and services in both the charitable and private sectors.

Problem

There is a massive and often overlooked Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) health challenge in many parts of the world, including Asia. 80% of those who need P&O services do not have access to them, because of an acute shortage of Prosthetist Orthotists and P&O technicians (the professionals who deliver services) and P&O services. At least 3 million people in Southeast Asia alone do not have access to P&O services. Ageing populations, changing lifestyles and an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes, will drive this figure up to 4 million by 2025 – unless something is done. Most Governments seem unable or unwilling to address this huge health challenge, but INGO Exceed Worldwide, with Exceed Social Enterprises, has responded by devising a twin-track, self-sustaining model to scale up P&O education and the level of P&O service provision, so that the P&O challenge can be addressed on an appropriate scale. The envisaged change and level of social impact will be massive – Exceed Worldwide currently has the capacity to treat and support around 10,000 patients per year but, within 15-20 years, a combination of Exceed Social Enterprises and Exceed Worldwide could treat a balanced mix of over 500,000 patients each year.

Solution

Socio-economic change in Southeast Asia means that social enterprise can be used to provide a self-sustaining solution to the P&O health challenge. Developments include economic growth, growing wealth, the emergence of an aspirational middle class and increasing need for P&O services. Exceed Social Enterprises has two divisions – Exceed P&O (private clinics) and Exceed S&D (supply and distribution of P&O products). Profits from these social businesses will be used to support Exceed Worldwide’s charitable services and, as Exceed Social Enterprises grows, to support the expansion of P&O education and the charitable and private P&O sectors. This will ensure that the capacity needed to meet the P&O challenge is there and that people who live in poverty are not left behind. Our initial aim is to establish Exceed Social Enterprises in 4 countries and expand from this base. It currently trades in 3 countries and has started well. The supply and distribution business has performed more strongly than anticipated and private clinics are making good progress, as awareness of a new service and brand in new markets increases. Exceed Social Enterprises is in the early development stage, has had an encouraging start and additional investment will enable the enterprise to progress quickly.

Ask

We are seeking USD587,000 worth of grant and debt. Exceed Social Enterprises is a new social business which is introducing services to markets which have little or no exposure to these services. Many challenges have been overcome but, as a result of these challenges, different elements of the enterprise have started trading at different times and have progressed at different rates. Exceed Social Enterprises is expected to move into profit in trading Year 3 and generate significant profits from Year 4. $587,000 is the investment required to support the general operating costs of the social enterprise during Years 1 and 2 before it moves into profit in Year 3. When the business moves into profit, it is anticipated that Exceed Social Enterprises will fund future development through normal business financing processes. The provision and expansion of P&O education is central to the project as the sector cannot grow without highly-trained professionals. ESE now trades in 3 countries, is in the early development stage, has performed well and is seeking additional investment to progress. This is a relatively modest investment in the context of the ambition and potential of the Exceed Social Enterprises project, which aims to address a major P&O health challenge. A business plan and detailed financial projections are available. Non-financial support: - Staff Training: Development of sales skills - Marketing: :Development of e-marketing skills
 
 
 

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