Advancing Climate Resilience Solutions in the Asia Pacific Region
What We’re Doing
Miller Center, supported by Chevron, is investing in Asia-Pacific social enterprises working on climate-smart agriculture, safe water, and reliable low-carbon energy for communities that are most vulnerable to climate change. We are also researching and developing novel training methods for overcoming entrenched biases in the startup ecosystem.
Why We’re Doing It
Developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem and reducing investment bias help empower women, support marginalized communities to meet their full potential, and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- The 2021 and 2022 reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscore the urgent need to address the detrimental effects of climate disruption, especially on the world’s underserved population.
- The project also reinforces a Miller Center paper entitled, “Amplifying Impact: How Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship Boosts Climate Resilience,” which makes the case that social entrepreneurship can help prevent more people being pushed into poverty by climate-fueled events such as droughts, floods, and increasingly frequent and strong storms.
How It Works
Miller Center builds a portfolio of social enterprises selected for their potential to grow and scale their social and economic impact.
The initiative provides a suite of customized services ranging from capacity and leadership development to mentoring and investment readiness and facilitation.
At a macro level, research will develop and assess a breakthrough approach for reducing bias in the systems that support and provide capital to social enterprises.
MEET THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Kisangas, Gravity Water and Toolsvilla were selected to participate in Miller Center’s In-Residence program, which is focused on supporting social entrepreneurs working on water and climate-smart agriculture. Each of the social enterprises are creating models of success and directly addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Kisangas provides sustainable organic waste management solutions designed to utilize waste as a commodity for farmers. Its modern and affordable biogas technology helps to convert cattle waste into a clean form of fuel, making farmers self-reliant for fuel and providing an excellent bio fertilizer. Kisangas is headquartered in India.
Meet Gravity Water
Gravity Water turns rain into safe drinking water at schools in need around the world. Gravity Water focuses on a low-technology approach to safe drinking water access through rainwater harvesting, elevated storage, and gravity-fed filtration. Their systems provide reliable and long-term access to clean water for a fraction of the cost of advanced treatment systems. Gravity Water operates in Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica.
Toolsvilla offers a wide range of high-quality machinery, tools and supplies that help smallholder farmers and other small businesses become more efficient and profitable, especially in the agriculture sector. Toolsvilla provides free training, advisory services, and after sales support throughout the Toolsvilla network and is headquartered in India.