About the organization
engageSPARK: SMS & Voice. Quick, Simple, Global.
engageSPARK, a Cebu based social enterprise, offers a self-service online platform to allow organizations and companies to communicate with mobile phone users through SMS and voice messages. Their platform not only allows to broadcast messages, they can as well get answers from the users and compile the results.
The software can be used for a variety of use cases: communication campaign, surveys, decision trees, medication adherence reminders, consumer research, emergency alerts, weather updates, etc.
engageSPARK is the first creation of Opportunity Labs, a social enterprise from the USA that wants to end poverty by creating various products and services. The founder and CEO is Ravi Agarwal.
Services to social enterprise, co-operatives, non-profits, charities, etc.
Marketing & Outreach, Research
What makes it a social enterprise?
As a non for profit social enterprise, engageSPARK reinvests the entirety of their profit back into their business. They subsidize the cost of using their platform to NGOs, government and other social enterprises. Because of the prevalence of basic mobile phone even among those living in poverty, this allows organizations to easily reach beneficiaries of their services in ways that would not be possible otherwise.
While they do offer their services internationally, they have also focused some of their efforts to help organizations involved locally in the Philippines during the last typhoons Haiyan (Yolanda) and Hagupit (Rubi). For Typhoon Haiyan, the platform was used for a program by Mercy Corps to offer financial literacy by SMS and voice messages to 20,000 recipients of relief funds following the disaster. For Typhoon Hagupit, they also collaborated with Mercy Corps to reach out to residents of the regions at risk to alert them and help them prepare before the arrival of the Typhoon.
What is its social cause?Social enterprise development
Who does it impact?Other social enterprises, co-operatives or charities, etc.
Resources to learn more about engageSPARK
[engageSPARK blog] Mobile for Disaster Preparedness & Relief: Engaging Philippines’ Typhoon Hagupit
[Sun.Star] Firm launches messaging platform on public beta