Once in a while a social enterprise comes along that I've never heard of but who have been busy for years under the radar doing amazing things and having an incredible impact. My latest discovery is Mobile Schools Health.
They take buses, fill them with high-tech gear, and turn them in mobile clinics and education centres that head out to communities all across South Africa, bringing health services and access to education to people who otherwise would struggle to access it. Genius.
Different buses are built and branded for different purposes, and funded through contracts with Government and corporate community programmes. And it's sustainable!
I got to have a look around their manufacturing plant, and spent a day with the team out in the field on the edge of Cape Town - a bus that is a joint partnership between Curro Schools and Modlin Educational Resources, training teachers in using their products.
Mandla, a MST driver and on-site support worker, was just at the end of a 3 week trip across South Africa with the bus visiting schools on his way from the North-West down to Cape Town. The health clinic buses also spend most of their time out on the road, in rural areas across the country. It's a very clever way to bring services to those that need them and a great example of a social enterprise.