The NDSG leadership team creates social innovation organizations as infrastructures to empower the sustainable design, implementation and growth of unique solutions to local and global challenges. Over time we have created a mutually symbiotic ecosystem of organizations that can stand alone if need be, but that are focused on leveraging cross-competencies as ideally. We believe that leadership should be diverse and shared whereby everyone in the value chain plays the role they are best suited for whilst having the opportunity to aspire to lead in ways that before were not possible. Overall, we look for gaps in empowered community development and seek to build intelligent means to fill those gaps with compelling social entrepreneurial solutions.
Our Social Innovation Organizations
Media, Awards and Recognition
Community Enterprise Solutions was chosen as the winner of Ecosystem Grant Fund from the Ashoka Globalizer and sponsored by Ebay Foundation, GIZ and the German Ministry for Development (BMZ). CES won for a proposal to develop Tecnoconect.org, an online marketplace designed for social impact products.
For 15 years the proven social entrepreneurs of New Development Solutions Group (NDSG) have been going beyond “teaching a woman/man how to fish” mobilizing the capacities of individuals, communities and organizations to effectuate sustainable, positive impact in marginalized communities. Our mission is to work with our partners to design and execute social innovations that address both real and perceived community needs and wants. We co create ventures and models whereby all stakeholders are empowered to both add and derive value. Learn about our work below and reach out to us. We are confident that there are ways that we can be working together.
This is most certainly a journey. As the saying goes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. With an overall vision of co creating empowerment opportunities with our individual, community and organizational partners, the NDSG team has been working tirelessly (Actually we get very tired sometimes!) since 2001 to build social entrepreneurial responses to community challenges by including all key stakeholders in both the design and implementation. We have always aspired to be generous in time and spirit, humble in approach, empathetic in relationships, and entrepreneurial in execution.
Over the course of this journey we are confident that we have gained truly unique expertise and believe the evidence proves this. This has been and continues to be a learning journey. The quote that we love that best demonstrates the value add we bring to the table is this. “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in fruit salad.” How does one get from knowledge to wisdom? Experience. Experience and Experience. This has been and continues to be the outcome of our journey.
CE Solutions, formerly Community Enterprise Solutions and now Community Empowerment Solutions, was founded as a US 501c3 organization in May of 2004. CE Solutions co creates locally-owned social enterprises with aspiring social entrepeneurs. Together we identify, teach, equip, and support impact-focused entrepreneurs who offer villagers the opportunity to access cook stoves, vision solutions, solar energy solutions, water purification buckets, and other high social impact technologies for the first time in their lives. In addition, we now train community groups in how to form their own banks, teach villagers how to design their own technologies, and provide consulting for other local organizations doing important work in communities.
SE Corps offers the real world opportunity to work side-by-side with and learn from practicing social entrepreneurs in Latin America. Participants engage with individuals/entrepreneurs, local partners and communities to diagnose needs and create, implement and grow social innovations focused on intelligently helping impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable families build better lives for themselves and for their neighbors. Within all of our programs we work as a team and teams of teams so that our participants can play an important role in creating social innovation impact, and through this, gain the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become the high impact leaders and social entrepreneurs of the future.
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Hightlighted Partners and Clients
Soluciones Comunitarias is the social enterprise established in Guatamala to address the challenges that people are facing in rural communities and to solve those problems by providing, through the network of trained social entrepreneurs, dignified solutions that would improve the quality of their lives and empower all involved in making choices that would impact positively their families and their communities. Launched in Guatemala, SolCom has expanded to Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Founded in July 2014, Solisyon Kominote Yo is a local Haitian social enterprise that emerged from the Ouanaminthe Social Impact and Innovation Consortium (OSIIC). The Ouanaminthe Social Innovation and Impact Consortium (OSIIC) is an initiative launched by a team of Ashoka Fellows, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ashoka in August 2012. OSIIC is led by Ashoka Fellow Greg Van Kirk, co-founder of Community Empowerment Solutions, and receives strategic and financial support from the International Finance Corporation and Ashoka. Its principal objective is to empower and support entrepreneurs and organizations from Ouanaminthe so that they can more effectively address major challenges within their community. This local network locally implements and adapts proven innovations from other Ashoka Fellows from around the world.
Ultimiya is a social innovation consulting organization founded by an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur of the Year. We have dedicated over 15 years to the design and implementation of responsive and dignified means to help organizations like yours empower individuals, families and communities in the developing world. We are focused on leveraging our breadth and depth of experience and knowledge to help you maximize your impact.
Spanish For Impact provides an economical and flexible online opportunity to learn and improve conversational Spanish. You learn from highly-experienced and friendly teachers based in Antigua, Guatemala. And 100% of what you pay supports job creation and community empowerment projects implemented by Soluciones Comunitarias, an award-winning locally-owned social enterprise.
Turismo Ixil is an initiative to help create local jobs and opportunities in Nebaj, Guatemala. Turismo Ixil also boosts the local economy by offering tourists eco-friendly treks, Spanish and Ixil language classes, volunteer opportunities and a hotel (Media Luna Media Sol) and restaurant (El Descanso) to enjoy.
Certified Homestay provides the opportunity for building profound relationships between people and cultures around empathy and experience by connecting travelers with families from rural communities who are willing to receive and host foreigners visiting their country.
The first Centro Explorativo (the Centro) was established in Nebaj, Guatemala in February of 2003. It's an education center that wants to provide access to any child from any school to tools and resources necessary to develop a love for learning, reading, and research through exploration. Now, based in the community of La Pista, the Centro coordinates after school programs, computer literacy classes and runs a community library.
The DevStop provides in one place relevant resources and tools for changemakers and alike. We compiled a series of templates, tools, resources, models, talks, publication and videos we use in our work frequently and we believe will be a practical resource for all those who are looking for relevant and practical information.