From over 1000 entries received across Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Europe and
the Middle East for the 2018 Creating Shared Value (CSV) Prize, four
Ghanaian Social Enterprises have been shortlisted among 56
others as Semi-finalists. These interventions each seek to address a
growing need for Safe Water, Rural Development and economic opportunities.
The four candidates are, Ignitia Tropical, Saha Global, Moringa Connect and
Ignitia Tropical aims to improve farming in rural communities by helping to
provide highly accurate 48-hour forecasts to small-scale farmers daily via
SMS, thus helping them reduce loss and increase yield. Saha Global seeks to
set up entrepreneurial local women in remote communities to help provide
clean and affordable water. Moringa Connect helps empower farmers
economically by integrating supply chain to improve farmers’ livelihood and
turn their underutilized moringa seeds into beauty products. Farmerline
seeks to improve rural development by connecting farmers to financial
services, information and quality input to increase their yield and income.
Rachel Way, Communications Manager for Ingitia: “It means so much to have
been shortlisted for such a prestigious prize. It is heartwarming to be
recognized for our efforts in addressing the challenges in rural
development after all our hard work as a team. Our aim is to help as many
farmers as possible with our services to increase yield. We are in the
process of scaling up in West Africa, and it will be a great
achievement to win the CSV prize as financial and technical resources
from Nestlé could help make our product viable and successful”.
Kwami Williams, an Entrepreneur with Moringa Connect, shared his
excitement for being shortlisted: “As a Social Venture in Ghana, we see
this Prize opportunity to create jobs, help improve the lives of
farmers and empower them economically”.
According to Mrs. Freda Duplan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana: “We
are proud to have 4 Ghanaians among the 56 semifinalists. In the past
years, most winners of the Nestlé CSV prize have emerged from Africa.
It means that this continent is fast becoming part of the world’s
power-hub of innovations”. Mrs. Duplan congratulated the four
Semi-finalists and urged more young Ghanaians to emulate their efforts
to help contribute to building thriving and resilient communities in
The prize, established eight years ago, supports social entrepreneurs
tackling the world’s biggest issues in nutrition, water and rural
development. Winners receive crucial funding to scale up their
initiatives and make a lasting impact on people’s lives. In 2014, Honey
Care Africa, in South Sudan won the prize, followed by Agro-Hub from
Cameroon in 2016.
For this year’s prize, Nestlé is partnering Ashoka, the world’s leading
network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs.
Out of the 56 Semi-finalists, five finalists will be chosen to attend
an Ashoka-led Impact Boot camp and to pitch their ideas at the 2018
Creating Shared Value Forum in Brazil. The winner will be announced on
16th March and receive prizes totaling CHF 500,000 to help
develop their initiative.
The CSV prize reflects both the purpose of Nestlé which is “enhancing
quality of life and contributing to a healthier future” and the spirit
of Creating Shared Value which aims to bring positive social impact
initiative that are commercially viable.
Follow the pitches and winner announcement live on Facebook on 16 March
following the link ww.facebook.com/ashokaschangemakers.
For more information and to explore this year’s entries, visit
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The prize is also supported by the Henri@Nestlé open innovation