Alberto, a good friend on mine, who´s teaching at a low income public school in a deserted part of Arequipa thru the EnseñaPeru program (a Teach for America inspired program) has been working with his 6th grade students to start up small coops. He was awarded an international prize in a social enterprise competition and he´s now developing two products for students to produce and sell, one is chocolates and the other one is home made aromatic and medicinal herbal creams. For the latter project they first built a biogarden to teach the kids about the environment and to grow the herbs like mint and some more local ones like ruda.
As part of this social entrepreneurship project we came up with an idea to grow seedlings in the biogarden and sell plants, flowers and trees on a recycled bike cart that my nephews used when they were little. We upcycled this cart, fixed it and took it to the school to show it to the kids who seemed to like the idea. So BiciArbol is a small project for a social micro franchise that could be set up anywhere in the world to sell and deliver small plants and trees, making some money and also promoting reforestation campaigns. Growing seedlings and small trees would cost around $0.4 per plant/tree and they could be easily sold for $1-2, so the profit margins are interesting for a small microentrepreneur or a local coop, plus the low cost mobile component allows you to reach different neighborhoods in the city during the entire day.