Above: Maria Cavalcanti, Pro Mujer President and CEO, collaborates and ideates with her team.
This post is one in a series focusing on the second networking group of NetHope members participating in IDEA (Imagine, Design, Execute, Assess), a broad umbrella for digital transformation processes offered to NetHope members through The Center for the Digital Nonprofit. The first IDEA implementation pilot was based on Dream, Design, Deliver, a social impact accelerator developed with Microsoft.
By Jean-Louis Ecochard, The Center for the Digital Nonprofit
Many low-income women in Latin America hold the central role of caregiver for their families, and thanks to financial services from Pro Mujer, they can now grow economically, too. But often their labor and hard work can impact their health and put their resilience at risk. Imagine how low-income women would be further empowered if the same organization who provides them a path to wealth supported them in their path to health?Since 1990, Pro Mujerhas been an agent of change in Latin America empowering underserved women to realize their full earning potential and elevate the community around them. In Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru, Pro Mujer has witnessedproof of that investmentin women yieldsreturns that span multiple generations. Knowing that access to health care is an essential component of economic empowerment and resiliency, the organization sees an opportunity to do more. Through digital transformation Pro Mujer is putting in to action a dream to expand their trusted health offerings into arobusthealthcare platform.As the 14th organization to start accelerating digitally through NetHope’s IDEA Journey, Pro Mujerstarted the process with one challengingquestion. How might we best improve the health outcome of low-income Latin American women in the next 5 years? This question quickly expanded into more detailedlist of questions such as:
How might we become the leading provider of low-cost, high-quality healthcare services?
How might we increase participation in preventative self-care?
How might we become the trusted exchange place for information and services?
How might we increase loyalty and retention to rapidly grow communities?
Their CEO, Maria Cavalcanti, knows that in our modern world, one must fully leverage digital capabilities at all levels to achieve successful business transformation.This is why she assembled a team of leaders acrossall levels and geographies of the organization.An immersive two-day Dream workshop was conducted at Avanade’s New York office with 24 participants. Hardik Amin, Andrew Borg, Bry Willis, and Adriana Montana facilitated the workshopas a multidisciplinary team from Avanade’s Innovation Advisory, and Digital Innovation Studios.Microsoft provided funds to sponsor this phase of IDEA (as Dream, Design, Deliver), and Adam San Miguel from Microsoft Tech for Social Impactalso participated.The IDEA journey makes use of design thinking and prompts the organization to first listen to all participants
in approaching the challenge. In order to create representative personas of underserved Latin American women, a team of Avanade and ProMujerspecialists held bilingual conversations in sixcountries,learning from the stories of 36 Latin American women. From these productive meetings surfaced sixproto-personas,illustrative of low-income women of all ages with diverse aspirations.Understanding the stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem of these women became the first order of theday. Participantsinventoried, grouped, and linked the networks of people, organizations, and governments;and identifiedkey themes and opportunities to ideate upon. The diagrams brought clarity to the healthcare interactions of low-income women and how these intersect with Pro Mujer’sexisting programs.Each teamproceeded by mapping the journeys of thesepersonas, asking clarifying questions about their life events, and mappingthe typical activities these women might engage in during their day.The day concluded with the creation ofa series of questions to frame the potential solutions. On the second day, innovative case studies from all sectors and geographies were put to paper and soon covered the walls, forming a ‘wallpaper of inspiration.’ To further enhance our possibility to innovate, NetHope presented the current state of digital transformation for women beneficiaries from multiple nonprofits. James Marzola, Avanade’s Data and AI Executive, enlightened participants with his knowledge of cutting-edgeadvances in Artificial Intelligence and Remote Healthcare.These inspirationspositioned teams to ideate on the framing questions developed on day one.Using a creative matrix, 418 ideas were generated in 45 minutes for broad categories such as technology, people, and games. The categories were quickly grouped and prioritized them across an axes of importance and effort. Each team selected one ideato advance forwardand a storyboard prototype was also developed to be presented to a guest panel including two visiting Pro Mujer board members and Stella Goulet, Avanade’s Chief Marketing Officer.The energy in the room was palpable. A collective of passionateindividuals, collaborating in Spanish and English for a pitch to show off digital innovationto their peers and the guest panel. Focus and creativity were at their peak, and so were great laughs, music, and theatrics.It was an experience to remember.“It was a truly inspiring project in innovation and teamwork! We have returned eager to drive many of the ideas generated into action,” recapped Maria Cavalcanti, CEO of Pro Mujer.The solutions presented addressed the challenges in innovative ways, blending physical and digital worlds to make them relevant to low-income women:
Club Bienestary Felicidad -a center for wellness and preventative self-care, designed to give women time to take care of themselves.
JuegaFuega (ILU-Play) – a health-oriented gaming platform with cryptocurrency rewards to inform women about their healthcare options.
Ilumina – an omnichannel health advisory platform with 24x7 access,integrating in person, online, and mobilemeans of engagement with community health workers.
SaludPa’ya – a tele-pharmacy and tele-medicine platform conceptualized as an ATM for healthcare.
Through the IDEA Journey, Pro Mujeris starting to rapidly advance a new digital line of business in healthcare to complement its financial services. Leveraging the power of the digital transformation to lift the barriers to empowerment for low-income women in Latin America. Pro Mujerhas a dream for a Latin America where all women thrive.