The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for achieving a better, more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face in areas such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. With this in mind, NEXUS Center NL aims to offer financial, social and ecological independence in the form of a sustainable, holistic business model.
We provide the basic infrastructure for foodstuffs, water and energy, which is often missing in rural communities in developing countries. Our NEXUS Centers form the hub within a community and generally have an impact on about 50 families. The Centers offer benefits including enhanced opportunities to generate income, a focus on capacity building, education and sharing know-how, and technologies that improve the lives of the local communities.
Our vision is to have 100 NEXUS Centers in Nepal and 50 NEXUS Centers in Madagascar so that we can reach 400,000 people. As scaling is essential to the success of NEXUS Centers, we create local infrastructure that has a sustainable impact.
NEXUS is a business model that enables sustainable economic and social development in BoP markets. A NEXUS Center provides the basic infrastructure and services that fishermen, farmers and communities in rural regions lack, such as safe drinking water, refrigeration, agricultural services and more, as the NEXUS Center graphic shows. On-the-job training and capacity building for local producers are also part of the concept. The NEXUS Centers provide access to support structures, which increases the income generated by the producers and facilitates market access.
Fair share for all
NAll NEXUS Centers belong to a national NEXUS Company, which is owned by the local communities and investors. This ensures that everyone has an interest in the concept’s success and that profits are shared fairly. The company manages the operations and logistics, and also arranges market access for all the farming and fishery products. The value chain created in this way enables the refinancing of investments in additional infrastructure.
“True development can only come when all the basic needs are met. Having enough food, water and energy is a given for most of us, but a lack of basic services that meet these needs limits potential for growth for many. This is why Water Tech Trading and WECONNEX have committed themselves to facilitating sustainable economic independence by setting up NEXUS Centers that are linked to the SDGs for 2030.”
Katina Gikas – NEXUS Center Netherlands
When it comes to making an impact, we mainly focus on social, ecological and economic factors.
A NEXUS Center has an impact on the people who work there since it generates incomes and jobs for the local community. Moreover, it has an impact on the lives of the people within the local community, as ensuring clean water and consistent food sources improves their health.
Gender equality, in the form of creating many opportunities for local women and girls, is also at the heart of our success. Our aim is to build a sustainable community that focuses on that community’s continuity and development.
Responsible use of the natural resources available is ingrained in how we run our NEXUS Centers. We use the right technology and methodology to achieve this, and we help the local community become aware of the importance of sustainable methods.
Alongside the development of modern infrastructure in remote areas, fair profits are also generated throughout the value chain of NEXUS Centers. By selling infrastructure services at fair prices, the local operators earn an income and the NEXUS Centers generate sustainable profits. These profits are attractive for commercial investors and will enable organic scaling, which will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.