The project started with a goal of doing good and make a difference in this world. At this point, we’re also asking ourselves if the people we help should be working for a good cause too? Or would we accept any business, no matter the goal or type of product? We haven’t really figured this out yet, so for now we decided these should be people who can take matters into their own hands and start a profitable business. That way they will be able to improve their own quality of life and that of the people around them. We’re aiming for small businesses, not directly at World Peace or providing drinking water to the poor. Quickly a new discussion came up: the business model. Can and should this be a profitable business for us? Will we build monetary value or count only the number of people we help or reach?
Will we build monetary value
or count only the number
of people we help or reach?
Will people get paid for their hours, will they work for free in exchange of other value or should people involved make more money when things are successful?
Besides that: who and how are we going to pay for these free services we’re planning to provide? Or is this way of thinking ‘in the box’ anyways and we need to think bigger?
Let’s explore some examples without immediately writing down why this can’t be done for any reason:
- Work in exchange for food and accommodation. Like Wooffing.
- Old fashioned paid services.
- Work as a financial investment. Get a return when a project is making money.
- Let others pay for it (gifts)
- Let other companies participate (alternative gifts)