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Families subscribe to a monthly plan of healthy and varied food. They pay a fixed daily fee and get a box of food every day. The bulk-buying savings are saved in a food insurance fund, guaranteeing a proper nutrition for the family even in hard times. **Updated with the ideas in the comments**

Imagine a co-operative by local moms (say 10 women), who sign up to cook nutritious lunches together for their families. A few of the women (3-4), who have signed up could assemble on rotation at a rented space in a “finca” (a mountain villa, quite common in Latin America) to prepare food in bulk quantity for all families in the area, who have signed up for the program.

Instead of having a vending machine selling all sorts of healthcare-related items (diapers, baby food and clothes, birth kits, cell phones, etc.), we could imagine using community mothers or mentors, or even health care workers. This way, we could reduce the literacy gap, while still keeping a “human” contact that might be reassuring, and having information spread out from within communities, via people who belong to these communities (UPDATED!).

A book of DIY designs for everyone to make themselves everything from a hammer to a bicycle, from a refrigerator back to a spade. Cheap, easy-to make designs with clear instructions that use local easy to access resources. Bamboo~? Case-studies are also included of successes and failures in social enterprise.

A community food bank that provides food in low cost and which includes a cooling system in which people can save their food for several days in order to stop buying daily quantities.

Inspired by the community food bank concept, Community Kitchen Caldas (CKC) is an extension of the idea but focused around the activity of cooking through a community farm, community kitchen and community canteen, with the benefit of bulk-purchasing and bulk-consumption. The menu and recipe is derived from locals and experts collaboratively to create a healthy menu with local tastes, targeting malnutrition for women and children. The result is a pool of CKC members enjoying inexpensive and healthy meals.

With 95% penetration, mobile phones are the most lucarative tool for information dissemination. Design menu based expert system (using protocols like USSD) which gives authentic information on queries ranging from what do for infant's rehydration to STDs using a simple mobile interface (without requiring any specific apps or programs) This can further be used to connect people (seeker with the knowledge giver) for a better "feel" of the service.

Most concepts are on upgrading 'health' with social business from 'outside'. This is one from 'inside'. There are many elderly in Columbia who know about how body and mind-body health works. Many people have a grandparent who knows what to do or what to say when you are in physical or mental distress. The specialists are also still around, the medicine men/women. Collecting these stories and making them available in accessible formats for primary schools/youth is very important... before it is too late.

Imagine a social business that connects a co-operative of coffee farmers in Caldas (say 5-7 farmers) directly to the customers- coffee drinkers and retail stores: buy directly from the coffee growers and sell directly to the people who enjoy coffee.

"Much of what a doctor or nurse now does can be done as effectively, or sometimes even more effectively, by community health workers operating in the community, and providing home-based care." - Jeffrey SachsEconomist and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University (6/9/11) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/how-communities-can-end-a_b_874415.html

Franchise Health Clinic Network is a franchise system of distribution of health clinic centered around qualified nurses as entrepreneurs in remote areas in Caldas. The health clinic serves as a basic clinic and drug stores, while maintaining a high standard of medical services that is governed by the Franchise Health Clinic Network. The qualified nurses provide basic diagnostic support, maintain a digital database of patients’ health information, and exchange that information with urban medical centers or universities for more detailed diagnostic support (e.g. www.sanamobile.org). The local clinics are financed through a combination of individual investments, MFI loans, and subsidy or donation. Nurses become franchisees after all loans are repaid. The result is better medical services in remote regions while helping the economy through a locally operated franchise. By providing the most basic medical services and bulk-buying of medical supplies throughout the region, a lower cost could be maintained.

I imagine local radio stations could be popular. I have the idea of using a radio program as answering lots of questions from people, will have big benefit and largest spread in a region where there is large distances to travel.

Ancients have plants to combat every disease, but as we became citizens, we live that knowledge to the pharmaceuticals. So what if we get back to that medicine? What if we turn herbalist as the medicine to cure Caldas and other cities?. All we need to do is re-train the women in how to prepare them efficiently (an exact dose, an exact function).. and maybe, we could turn Caldas onto the larger producer of herbalist in Colombia, and export to other places, other countries... to the whole world.

EarthBoxes are a highly efficient, foolproof method of growing tomatoes suitable for crowded urban areas. Children can easily set up EarthBoxes and grow some of their own food, organically promoting better nutrition for themselves and their families.

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