Enova’s vision is to improve people’s academic, professional, and social skills through technology by creating digital citizens, improving educational outcomes, and generating opportunities for young people.
Focus: Education, Digital inclusion
Geographic Area of Impact: Mexico
Model: Social Business
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: 334,000 (2012)
Annual Budget: US$ 15.5 million (2012)
Percent Earned Revenue: 100%
Recognition: Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2013
A significant digital divide and low quality education prevent many Mexicans from realizing their full potential. 69% of the population does not have access to computers or the Internet and are excluded from the information society and from relevant global trends, such as virtual citizen participation. Mexico’s education system has the lowest performance in the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) among OECD members. Furthermore, graduation rates are extremely low. For every 100 Mexican children, 98 begin elementary school, 62 finish middle school, 46 begin high school and 25 graduate. Only 13 obtain a college degree. As such, the majority of Mexico’s youth find it extremely difficult to compete in a globalized economy.
Innovation and Activities
Enova’s solution to these challenges is the Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA), or the Learning and Innovation Network. The RIA’s 70 educational centers provide underserved communities with access to information technologies and quality educational opportunities. The differentiating strategy is that in addition to providing users with access to technology, ENOVA develops the tools needed to use technology effectively and incorporate the necessary elements for effective learning. The model integrates four main components: 1) access to robust IT infrastructure, 2) selection and development of relevant educational content for all ages, 3) a blended e-learning model with skilled facilitators, and 4) analysis of each student’s performance to revise and improve course content. The centers are built with sustainable materials using a modular design. RIA’s unique tri-sector model (described below) leverages the relative strengths of the social, public, and private sectors and allows ENOVA to bring a premium and cost effective service to low income communities.
Students at RIA centers have access to better e-learning resources than students at elite Mexican schools. The RIA offers courses on basic computing, internet usage and English for all ages, as well as courses on how to find jobs online, helping to improve employment prospects. Children can also enroll in Expedición RIA, a comprehensive learning route that includes courses on digital literacy, English, math, writing and reading. Expedición RIA seeks to improve the academic performance of primary and secondary school students. Additionally, Social RIA offers members the chance to learn how to use social media productively to benefit their daily lives.
The network is expanding quickly, with 25 Digital Libraries inaugurated in 2012 and an ambitious nationwide expansion. Every week 3,000 individuals sign up at the RIA centers to become members.
Mois Cherem Arana founded Enova with Jorge Camil and Raúl Maldonado, and serves as CEO. He has received several prestigious recognitions for his work with Enova, including being nominated as an Endeavor Entrepreneur, he was chosen by Expansion magazine as one of the top 10 entrepreneurs in Mexico, and he was selected to join the World Economic Forum’s community of Global Shapers in 2011. Mois studied law at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and earned a full scholarship to pursue a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Mois Cherem Arana was given honorary mention on stage alongside Schwab Foundation social entrepreneurs at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Latin America in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.