NEXUS Center Netherlands believes in a better and more sustainable future for everyone. Basic infrastructure, consisting of sustainable food, water and energy, is essential for this. Our vision and mission is line with this concept.
The Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 are a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face in areas such as poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. With this in mind, NEXUS Center NL aims to provide financial, social and ecological independence in the form of a sustainable, holistic business model.
We provide the basic infrastructure for sustainable food, water and energy, which is often lacking in local rural communities in developing countries. Our NEXUS Centers form the hub within a community and generally have an impact on about fifty families. In addition, NEXUS Centers offer benefits such as increased income, employment, education and knowledge sharing. This improves the quality of life of the local communities.
Our vision is to have one hundred NEXUS Centers in Nepal and fifty NEXUS Centers in Madagascar, so that together we can reach more than 400.000 people. Since scaling up is essential for the success of NEXUS Centers, we create local infrastructures that have a sustainable impact.
The NEXUS concept
NEXUS Center NL has a business model that enables sustainable economic and social development in ‘bottom of the pyramid’ (BOP) markets. A NEXUS Center provides the basic infrastructure and services that fishermen, farmers and local communities in rural regions lack. These include safe drinking water, refrigeration, agricultural services and more, as seen on the graphic. The concept also includes on-the-job training and capacity building for local producers. The NEXUS Centers provide access to support structures, making the market more accessible and thereby increasing the income of producers.
Fair share for all
All NEXUS Centers are part of a national NEXUS Center company, which is also owned by local communities and investors. This ensures that everyone has an interest in the success of the concept and that profits are shared fairly. The organization manages and coordinates the projects and also regulates market access for all agricultural and fishery products. The value chain created in this way makes it possible to refinance new 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
Creating an impact
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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.