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The lower segments of the income pyramid are a diverse and viable market. Opportunities for graduates skilled in building and running Base of Pyramid businesses are equally diverse: ranging from locally-owned social enterprises and SMEs, non-profits and development organizations, to impact investment firms and multinationals seeking to expand their footprint to low-income markets. Business Schools for Impact internships reflect this diversity and are available in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Professional opportunities

  • Pekerti

    Indonesia - Product Innovation and Design Internship

    Yayasan PEKERTI stands for  Indonesian People’s Handicraft Foundation. They are a Non Government Organisation  established in 1975 in response to the high unemployment rate amongst the rural poor due to changes in land ownership and mechanization of the agricultural sector. Pekerti’s founders saw the opportunity to train rural people to make alternative incomes from traditional craft production.

    Yayasan Pekerti’s vision is to establish a prosperous, democratic, and just society. They aim to:

    • improve artisan’s prosperity through an empowering program

    • create an environment which supports economic and fair trade through education and networks

    • strengthen the professionalism within Pekerti, its networks, and artisan groups in order to best participate in achieving economic democracy and fair trade.

    Over the years Pekerti has become a leader for craft sector development through a social development frame work. Pekerti now concentrates its programs on business training and market access services to its producers.

    Service provision for market access has enabled Pekerti to make a profit from the services that it provides. These profits enable Pekerti to be self sustaining and continue to provide services to its partners. The organization has a mandate that each a year percentage of profits is re-injected back in to the communities where they work. This may be in the form of soft loans, scholarships, training, etc.

    Pekerti is the original Indonesian member of Fair Trade, an alliance of ethically producing craft producers world wide. Membership to Fair Trade is through the governing body of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO global). As a member of WFTO, Pekerti and its partners are required to be ethical, environmentally friendly and socially aware when producing their craft.


    Intern Responsibilities:

    Goal

    ➢ To provide rapid product designs to fashion & accessories producers, as well as lift the ability of producers to design for themselves.

    Objectives

    ➢ To enhance the capacity to undertake product design based on trends and market demand.

    ➢ Provide rapid target market identification to increase sales of fashion & accessories items in the short-term.

    ➢ Train Pekerti staff in skills for finishing, quality control and design ability.

    Tasks 

    ➢ Work with Pekerti design team and selected producers in creating new product designs from concept 

    ➢ Conduct training on international market trends, design techniques, finishes and technical industrial "best practice".

    ➢ Conduct training on approach and methodologies for undertaking new designs that are market matched.

    ➢ Participate in entire process from design through to production and finish.  Evaluate designs against cost considerations.

    ➢ Visit producers' workshops, give technical and practical information for industry approach to production.

    Outputs

    ➢ Pekerti design staff will build their design capacity and enhance their ability to provide design training to other producing partners.

    ➢ New products or product ranges that are matched to market needs.

    ➢ Producers learn and are using new methods of design and can undertake this on their own.



  • Reenas Women Cooperative Association (Katarat Al-Nada)

    Jordan - Marketing, Accounting & Technology Internship

    Reenas is an association that strives to help bring unemployed women into the labour market. It engages them to take a more active role in the agricultural sector and develop their skills in a pickle and olive manufacturing operation.  

    The intern will be involved in: 


    •  Training local staff to use accounting software.        

    •  Doing a SWOT of the company and evaluating financial risks

    •  Reviewing the company structure and plan of action to maximize the benefits and minimize risks

    •  Developing a new business plan for the company, which needs to ensure a gradual, sustainable expansion while keeping high quality standards.


  • SheFighter

    Jordan - Product Development Internship

    SheFighter is a self-defence training studio for women to empower them physically and psychologically. The training aims not only to enable women to defend themselves in difficult situations, but will also to build up their self-esteem.  SheFighter founder Lina Jalil Khalifeh won the UNCTAD 2014 Empretec Women in Business Award.

    The intern will assist the manager with:
    • Improving the business model, with particular attention to the profitability and scalability of the business.
    • The planning processes by drafting a strategic plan on future growth opportunities (expansion and franchising).
    • Conducting market research.
    • Other duties as required.


  • Tapona Foundation/Eggpreneur

    Kenya - Business Development and Marketing Internship

    Tapona Foundation is non-governmental organization committed to reduce extreme poverty and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth among families and communities in Kenya and Africa. Its first initiative is Eggpreneur, Eggpreneur is a social enterprise working alongside remote rural communities in Kenya to build sustainable egg farming ventures that help families put an end to the cycles of poverty. 

    The Eggpreneur model trains and engages Women egg farmers, also known as “Eggpreneurs” to develop, knowledge and skills and partnerships for sustainable egg production. This model aims to use poultry farming techniques as a tool to eradicate child malnutrition while creating jobs and increasing household income for Kenyan women in rural communities.

    Please visit the website: www.eggpreneur.com for more info about Eggpreneur


    Intern Responsibilities:

    As Eggpreneur Initiative is rapidly expanding, the need for a business development skills are now a priority to scale the Eggpreneur idea, improve our business value chain and social business model.

    The Business Development and Marketing internship offer a unique opportunity to shape the marketing strategy of new program areas and campaigns. The intern should have strong business skills, product branding and able to turn an idea and drafted strategies into a scalable business model.

    Some examples of the position responsibilities and roles include:

    • Create the business framework for the social business
    • Collect information from interviews with staff and also baseline data sources to compile and track milestones and achievements for the year
    • Researching and identifying potential partnerships
    • Helping to shape the marketing strategy of new initiative


  • Tapona Foundation/Eggpreneur

    Kenya - Communications Internship

    Tapona Foundation is non-governmental organization committed to reduce extreme poverty and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth among families and communities in Kenya and Africa. Its first initiative is Eggpreneur, Eggpreneur is a social enterprise working alongside remote rural communities in Kenya to build sustainable egg farming ventures that help families put an end to the cycles of poverty. 

    The Eggpreneur model trains and engages Women egg farmers, also known as “Eggpreneurs” to develop, knowledge and skills and partnerships for sustainable egg production. This model aims to use poultry farming techniques as a tool to eradicate child malnutrition while creating jobs and increasing household income for Kenyan women in rural communities.

    Please visit the website: www.eggpreneur.com for more info about Eggpreneur

    Intern Responsibilities:

    The Communications Intern works on strengthening communications for Eggpreneur Project to its Eggpreneur farmers in Kenya – and also its international following. Communications Intern have strong writing and analytical skills and are passionate about social change. Their work tells the story of Eggpreneur to the social enterprise and global health communities, while also helping our organization learn more about ourselves.

    Potential tasks include:

    - In-depth staff interviews, case studies, and Eggpreneur farmer profiles

    - Synthesizing learning and project progress into blog postings

    - Writing organizational profiles for web, newsletters, and other publications as requested

    - Updating social media accounts

    - Working on marketing materials for the poultry products

    - Assisting in design, implementation and analysis of customer feedback surveys


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