OFoundation was founded by the contributions of young professionals, under 25 years old, from all over the Netherlands, including from the University of Amsterdam, University of Utrecht, University College Amsterdam, University Tilburg, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Hogeschool Amsterdam. Initially, our concept was aimed to understand the Microfranchising process and its application on our own project. This project has evolved into what is the ‘Circular Development Challenge’ today. It taught us how it’s important to have an organized idea and committed members. Over the years, people with different backgrounds contributed their ideas to the existing concept, and expanded OFoundation. The newly developed models, based on the ideas of our young members, have been presented to successful entrepreneurs, spiritual and societal leaders, CEOs and leading NGOs. To this day, we operate with close regards to these expert opinions, and their involvement allows for a professional environment where young- professionals are encouraged to put their ideas into practice.
His Holiness Dalai Lama
Recently, the Dalai Lama visited the Netherlands. During this visit, the Dalai Lama invited our director Massy Wahab to the hotel he stayed, where Mr. Wahab presented him OFoundation. The Dalai Lama shares our vision on the importance of a circular economy. The approach OFoundation realizes fits the ideas of his Holiness. The presentation was to his liking, and further contact will discuss a future collaboration.
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen
OFoundation has been invited to present to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen in The Hague. Minister Ploumen is one of the most active people in the field of international development cooperation. In our inspiring discussion, she asked us the right questions and shared with us her international experience, knowledge, and advice.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus
OFoundation is actively developing a network and meeting the leaders and pioneers in the ‘social enterprise’ industry. Our Creative Community Developer Coby Babani introduced professor Muhammad Yunus to OFoundation. Professor Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Laureate, referred to OFoundation as a ‘Mango Tree’ in the social enterprise world. We are happy to receive his positive reaction and thank him for the invitation to contact him for any support.
King’s Commissioner, Willibrord van Beek
Her Majesty Queen Maxima has supported micro-finance for a while. Simultaneously, she functions as an example for aiding people in developing countries sustainably. Since we with OFoundation have recently developed an innovative business model for poverty relief, we have been invited by the King’s Comissioner to discuss our vision. The Commissionre was impressed, and we are proud to announce his support.
Mayor of Utrecht Mr. van Zanen, Ambassador of OFoundation
OFoundation has repeatedly conversed with the Mayor of Utrecht, Mr. van Zanen. We have discussed the projects carried out from Utrecht. The Mayor is proud to see like innovative initiatives organized by young-professionals. As an Ambassador of OFoundation, Mr. van Zanen supports our work.
Member of parliament Ingrid de Caluwe
OFoundation dined with Ingrid de Caluwe, member of the Dutch Parliament, led by Master Chef Michel Lambermon. Dr. de Caluwe is involved with development cooperation and advocates a formal approach. We discussed the future of development cooperation, and we are proud to say that Dr. de Caluwe supports the vision OFoundation holds. Much to our delight, we are invited to present our plans again in The Hague.
Ambassador Abdelouahab Bellouki
Mister Abdelouahab Bellouki, Ambassador of the Kindom of Morocco invited us to the Embassy in The Hague. After our meeting, we attended the first Moroccan Conference, organized by the government of Morocco. We left with new contacts and lessons about our investment options in Morocco. Ambassador Bellouki and the Embassy encourage projects like OFoundation, and expressed their support.
Pitch Event Circular Development Challenge
Many participants attended this initiative to introduce their promising Business Plans for Micro Franchise Projects in different countries. We are proud to announce the following winners: Western Girls Training Center in Ghana, APPA menstrual kits in Burkino Faso and Web Developers International in Nepal. We will support each of the three nominees with what they need to prepare themselves for the last round, the Partin-Dag coming up in December this year. There, they will get the opportunity to attract investors and meet other interested parties.
Sustainable Development Agenda
Agenda 2030 consists of 169 target goals and is contained in the United Nations Resolution. Together with the UN and other sustainability-oriented organizations, OFoundation wants to contribute to the successful implementation of these Development Goals. Titled "Transforming our World", these goals mutually aim at creating a healthier environment for everyone to live in. This includes the eradication of poverty and hunger, the promotion of health and education as well as investing more in water sanitation systems and renewable energy.