Category: Unitus Labs

Unitus 2012 Mid-Year Update

The Unitus family is partnering with a growing list of exciting, innovative young companies that share the common goal of creating opportunity for millions of people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid (BoP). As you will see from this semi-annual update, we’ve got some very compelling work happening across the Unitus family! As… Read more >

Unitus Seed Fund is Expanding!

We’re expanding our seed investment program Since we launched Unitus Seed Fund in late 2011, we have researched, learned, connected, and completed enough investments to be confident of the potential for delivering opportunity to millions of lower-income people via seed investing in innovative startups that serve them.  There is no question as to the need… Read more >

Hippocampus Learning Centres partners with Grameen Koota

A Profit-Driven Approach to Affordable Education: A Review of Hippocampus Learning Centers Government schools across India are haunted with serious issues. Teachers are absent 25 percent of days and teaching less than 55 percent of the time. This contributes to the low enrollment rates across the country, standing at a mere 37 percent of 361… Read more >

Surprising results with homeless pilot in Chennai

March 26, 2012 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus Labs has published the fifth and final case study from the Sorenson-Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative, a report that explores how the Equitas Bird’s Nest pilot was able to successfully stabilize housing for extremely poor homeless families in Chennai, India. Equitas Development Initiatives Trust (EDIT) launched the program in 2009 with a simple premise –… Read more >

2011 Unitus family update

Update from Unitus family on activities and progress in 2011 towards our poverty impact mission 2011 has been an exciting year for the Unitus family. Thanks to your help over the years we have been able to continue our tradition of high impact innovation. A few highlights from 2011: Birthed two new initiatives: Unitus Impact… Read more >

Unitus Labs: Self-reliance realized for isolated tribal villagers in India

January 23, 2012 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus Labs publishes new in-depth case study report on SKS NGO ultra poor program in Orissa, India.  Report describes new tools developed to overcome physical, cultural obstacles of working with isolated ultra poor communities. Looking beyond progress made during an ultra poor intervention, the success of an ultra poor program must also be judged by… Read more >

New Unitus Labs case study challenges current approach to helping ultra poor

October 15, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

Early Introduction of Livelihoods Found to be Critical Factor In Moving Large Numbers Out of Extreme Poverty For years, ultra poor interventions built around subsidies and skill-building activities have helped to move households living below the extreme poverty line toward some productive activity or eligibility for microfinance schemes. For all their individual successes, these interventions… Read more >

New Kriti ultra poor case study offers insights on livelihood development

September 9, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

With higher cost of living and little access to arable land, ultra poor households in urban areas face very different obstacles than their rural counterparts. To respond to these needs, in 2009 Hyderabad-based Kriti Social Initiatives joined the Sorenson-Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative to pilot a program that paired livelihood development with cost-effective provision of basic… Read more >

Unitus Labs releases first Ultra Poor pilot case study

August 12, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

UPna sapna case study finds new strategies for selecting and enrolling ultra poor households in programs to promote self-reliance Unitus Labs today released its first Sorenson-Unitus Ultra Poor Initiative case study which explores the Jharkhand, India-based UPna sapna project experience researching more scalable ways to provide opportunities for families to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The case… Read more >

Unitus Labs announces new strategic focus to improve incomes of millions battling poverty

June 13, 2011 Unitus Impact, Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus Labs (formerly Unitus, Inc.) announces a new strategic alliance with Unitus Impact to catalyze new markets for livelihood ventures in Asia and Africa, creating significant income-generating opportunities for millions battling poverty. Seattle and Bangalore (June 13, 2011) – Unitus Labs announced today that it is supporting a new initiative to build income-generating opportunities for millions… Read more >

Unitus non-profit changes name to Unitus Labs

June 13, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has officially changed its name from “Unitus, Inc” to “Unitus Labs” to better reflect its historical approach and current and going forward focus to engage in early-stage research on and the support for market-based solutions that reduce global poverty. Read More > More

Unitus, Inc. announces funding for four microfinance innovations projects

May 1, 2011 Unitus Labs, Update

Unitus, Inc. has provided $227,000 to fund four innovative microfinance pilot projects at leading India MFIs As part of Unitus Inc’s commitment to fulfill existing Microfinance Acceleration commitments, we are pleased to announce USD$227,000 funding of four innovation projects at leading India microfinance institutions (MFIs). We believe that these initiatives will help improve microfinance operations by creating robust… Read more >