Living Goods

Living Goods: Fostering Healthy Communities

A sustainable, scalable model for improving health outcomes in rural Africa.

Every year, millions of young children in East Africa die from preventable, curable diseases—due to a lack of access to high-quality healthcare. To address this problem, Living Goods trains women to deliver health products and education door-to-door in their rural communities. Drawing on best practices from the micro-enterprise and public health fields, this approach has successfully reduced the mortality rate by 25% at a cost of less than $2.00 per person served. You can see Living Goods’ work in action in this video:

The Barr Foundation is proud to have supported Living Goods—first with a two-year, $600,000 grant in 2012 to strengthen its business model and expand operations to Kenya, followed by a two-year, $500,000 grant in 2015 for operating support and to scale its work further in Uganda.

Over a span of seven years, Living Goods scaled from 160 community health workers to more than 2,000. Together with its partners, they now serve 1,000,000 people in Uganda, Kenya, and Myanmar and are searching for additional partners to help them adapt this effective model to new markets. To learn more, visit livinggoods.org.

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Living Goods supports networks of health entrepreneurs who go door to door to teach families how to improve their health and wealth and sell life-changing products such as simple treatments for malaria and diarrhea, safe delivery kits, fortified foods, clean cook stoves, water filters, and solar lights.