Project Everest

Gender Empowerment Through Financial Advisory Services - The Farm Ed of Finance?

Based on the current financial and business consulting services conducted by the team in Fiji, I have the following advice. 

I believe that the idea sounds really, really interesting and rather scalable and diverse. 

I've actually always considered the potential for a similar venture that I know of in Australia to be replicated in a similar manner to the service you described in the post. It takes a similar idea and instead uses it to financially consult and empower women in developing communities, thus fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. This could be also be a derivative or offshoot of the current activities of the Social Consulting team in Fiji. 

I currently work for an entrepreneurial company called Enactus. Within Enactus, there is a gender equality based project known as the 'Women's Creative Hub', which seeks to empower women in refugee and multicultural communities across Sydney. 

The project works by using local council funding to establish gathering places for women from these diverse backgrounds to create arts and craft. This often reflects their own culture and backgrounds, thus promoting cross-cultural relations as well. 

From here, Enactus supports the sale of the created goods in the hub via marketplaces across Sydney, which then creates a revenue stream for the Women's Creative Hub that allows it to have money other than just council funding. Note well that Enactus is a non-for-profit organisation, so profit is not a consideration of ours. 

However, I always thought that this could be used in a for-profit venture. Perhaps Project Everest could go further than Enactus and provide a paid financial advisory service similar what was mentioned in the above post to local Women's groups and market places which produce all sorts of goods. 

I just came to consider all of the aforementioned quite recently, so it's not fully developed or considered as of yet. However, I felt as though it could be an interesting way to financially empower women in developing communities.

I would personally like to initiate the Design Thinking process with a team in Fiji to grow this project idea. I could use the business model and outreach obtained by the Social Consulting team there as a springboard for this Gender Equality project. I would also be willing to consider writing my own business plan and concepts for it. 

Like I said, this doesn't have to be its own project, but just a derivative or offshoot of this current project. Therefore, I would be more than willing to consider consulting with the Social Consulting team in Fiji myself to assess the viability of such a project idea. 

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edited on Jan 26, 2018 by James Balzer
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