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Exciting News from i2i!! print story
August 13, 2012
Invest2Innovate, United States
We hope everyone is having a great summer! We've spent our summer working hard to expand our reach, and we're very excited to introduce you to OPEN, a new enterprise joining us here at i2i!!
OPEN is The Organic Pine Nut Enterprise, or OPEN, is a for-profit enterprise that invests and innovates Pakistan’s underdeveloped pine nut value chain to increase the income & capacity of small farmers. Through a cooperative model, OPEN aims to increase and improve production, processing, arrange organic certification and supply this commodity to high-end local and international markets.
OPEN's founder sat down with us to chat about what makes OPEN unique and why the OPEN team is excited to be working with i2i. A bit of our conversation is posted below, and to read more head over to our blog!
Q: What is the social need that OPEN is trying to meet?
OPEN is trying to improve the economic conditions of the local resource poor communities by raising their net share in the returns generated through the production, processing and marketing of pine nuts. We believe that improving economic conditions entails a whole chain of social change, as they will improve their livelihoods, education opportunities and access to other basic facilities. Our efforts are also aimed at promoting social entrepreneurship. Moreover, OPEN will ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and will contribute towards environmental protection in the long run.
Q: What do you hope to achieve by being an i2i enterprise?
We hope with i2i we will be able to better showcase our product to investors and support networks, access investments/funds and network with like-minded communities. Being an i2i enterprise, we expect to get a better understanding, execution, and scaling up of OPEN through its technical and financial resource building.
To learn more about OPEN, i2i, how to to get involved visit us here!
And stay tuned here for more updates soon!