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Living Goods wins 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

BY Chuck Slaughter • April 12, 2016

Living Goods CEO and founder Chuck Slaughter's visit to Living Goods Kenya office in Nairobi's north Kariobangi area where a meeting with Living Goods agents based in Nairobi was held in a church in Mathare North with country director Shaun Church and Living Goods head office staff Naomi Nyanchama and Faith.

Earlier today the Skoll Foundation announced it is awarding Living Goods and Chuck Slaughter a 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In the words of the foundation “The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale equilibrium change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world.” Past awardees include Kiva, Room to Read, Khan Academy, One Acre Fund and Partners in Health.

“The social entrepreneur is driven to challenge injustice,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. “Empowering those who have the greatest stake in building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities, social entrepreneurs instigate change where it is desperately needed.” Click here to see the powerful short film Skoll produced on Living Goods.

In 2014, a landmark independent study proved our innovative model is reducing child deaths by over 25%, at an annual cost of less than $2 per person reached. Backing this powerful evidence of impact, our funding partners more than doubled their support.

In 2015, we nearly tripled the number of people we serve to over three million. We empowered every health promoter with an android phone and our Smart Health™ app that automates diagnoses, sends drug adherence reminders, identifies high-risk pregnancies, and enables any manager to see the performance of any agent in real time.

Now, we are deepening our collaboration with governments in Uganda and Kenya with a vision toward becoming the national model for delivering quality community care. By the end of 2016 we will serve over 5 million people, greater than the population of Ireland. This powerful impact is only possible because of the collaboration with our remarkable partners including BRAC, Medic Mobile, CARE, and PSI.

Ultimately of course, the credit for these results, and the honor of the Skoll award goes foremost to our nearly 4,000 committed Community Health Promoters who travel tirelessly door-to-door every day, bringing better health to their villages one mother and child at a time.

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