General Stores as Hubs for Social and Economic Development

Coca Cola’s EKOCENTER is both a community center and a general store. Run by local women, it provides a range of goods and services to help businesses and communities thrive. It is an off-grid, modular kiosk that becomes a hub of community activity by providing a place of commerce as well as safe drinking water, solar power and wireless communication.

Integrating Coca-Cola’s sustainability priorities of well-being, women and water, EKOCENTER is a Social Enterprise that focuses on underserved communities that are without access to basic goods and services. These centers jump start social and economic development by acting as community centers that provide entrepreneurial opportunities, and a space for entertainment and vocational skills training.

Why you should care

One in ten people still lack access to safe drinking water and 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity. By providing a safe space for community activities with a reliable source of clean water as well as solar power, Coca Cola are protecting and empowering rural communities, while also encouraging business activities.

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