About us

Bive is a  social business, that facilitates and improves access to fast, high quality, and affordable health care.

We want to transform the way health services are oriented for low-income and vulnerable populations in Colombia.

Our purpose: 

"we can all enjoy the highest level of health possible, regardless of our income level"

We are committed to our mission of improving access to healthcare in Colombia. We provide high quality healthcare to 19,000 Colombians. Additionally, Bive operates free social projects in health for hundreds of rural families in Colombia’s coffee region, where the largest gap in the national health system is evident

inspired by the business philosophy of the Nobel peace prize Prof. M. Yunus and the experience of the argentinian social entrepreneur Dr. Jorge Gronda through the Ser system (Ahora Humana) Diana Quintero and Jorge García founded Bive in 2012, seeking to develop an alternative to solve the health problem in Colombia from a sustainable approach.

Diana and Jorge met at the University through entrepreneurship and leadership groups. Diana, business administrator and passionate about social work, found in social business, how to apply the tools of the business area to the purpose of contributing to a more equitable society, developing social initiatives sustainable economically and over time, to ensure services of the best quality for those who need it most; For his part Jorge, found in Bive, the way to solve the problems confronted by doctors in the health sector ; experienced in his practice as a medical student.

In this way, after participating in a health innovation workshop led by Dr. Jorge Gronda, Diana and Jorge proposed him to develop a pilot of his initiative (Fundación Ser - Argentina) in Colombia, and together with Felipe Tibocha, consultant In social business, in 2011 they started a small-scale BIVE model in the municipality of Villamaria Caldas, allying themselves with a local medical center and launched a first prototype "Sistema Bienestar - Welfare System".

This experience was raised in a business model, which they presented in an international social business contest "Artemisa" of which they were winners and obtained a first seed capital, which allowed them to grow the pilot and develop a base market study to move from a business idea to a company and consolidate Bive in 2012 with the financial support of the social business investment fund Yunus Social Business Colombia and Ecopetrol.

In 2015 they created the Vive con Bienestar Foundation, with the aim of deepening the social impact of BIVE through the development of social projects in health; the first of them was Healthy Smiles through partnership with in the Swiss Philanthropy Fund LGT Impact Ventures.

 Subsequently, the projects continued to focus on strengthening work with rural communities, thus developing Coffee Smiles and Vision Coffee, which are directed at the coffee grower community of Caldas and Risaralda region. At the present time, coffee growers represent 90% of BIVE users, thanks to alliances with agricultural associations and cooperatives of coffee farmers in the region.  

During these years of social work, collaborators, volunteers, health providers, allies and support organizations have joined the fundamental purpose of BIVE that "We can all enjoy the highest level of health possible regardless of our income level."BIVE and its founders appreciate deeply the energy, heart, confidence and effort of all the people who have contributed to the growth of the organization.

History: 
Development: 
Vision: 

By 2020, Bive will be positioned at the national level as one of the best alternatives for accessing to health care services in Colombia.

Mision: 

We are a company with a social sense which seeks to FACILITATE all the users the ACCESS to HEALTH services of the highest level in terms of QUALITY, EFFICIENCY and COST

Why do we do it?: 

95% of Colombians have health coverage through EPS or sisben, however, barriers to access and low quality of services persist, for example:

  • Long waiting times - The inefficient administrative processes.
  • The trip to urban centers for the use of health services, since the specialized services are not found in the municipality or in the village of origin.
  • Low quality of care due to the high volume of patients.

The above generates the worsening of preventable diseases, disability and even death.

datum:

  • Colombians on average take between 2 and 6 months to access a diagnosis of general practitioner or specialist.
  • 29% have problems to authorize exams
  • A high percentage of Colombians can not access specialized medical services due to the high cost they must pay for a particular appointment.
  • The topics wich interpose more protective actions in Colombia are: Medical Treatments, medications, medical appointments and surgeries.
How do we do it?: 

With the purpose that we can all enjoy the highest level of health possible, since 2015, Bive - Fundación Vive con Bienestar- generates solutions to the problem of access to health services in Colombia, through two programs   The Bive Plan and Social Projects in Health.

Bive Plan:  Social Projects in Health
Low-cost annual membership, which allows families to access particular health services; through this plan We generate a network of private providers that stand out for providing services with: High quality specialists and centers that have joined our social work, and that benefit our users with a service, faster: the appointment of special doctors is ready in no more than a week and with special rates (up to 60% discount) over the normal market price. Close work with a vulnerable population, especially in the country, has allowed us to understand their needs, for which we design, manage and operate social projects in health oriented to education, promotion and prevention of health, and early detection and intervention of diseases. For the development of the projects, we manage resources with national and international volunteers, which our beneficiaries allow to access for free the programs we offer through the projects. - So far, we have successfully executed 3 projects with international cooperators and alliances with the cooperatives of coffee farmers in Caldas and Risaralda. - Healthy smiles - Coffee grower smiles -Coffee grower vision
            
            
            
            
Through the Bive program, our users have a social orientation service, besides we program their medical appointments, we track their cases, we also advise them on the solution of problems and legal processes with the EPS or the health system subsidized

 

Programa Bive

Since 2012 we have…
  • Facilitated more than 7,500 health services through a network of more than 250 providers in the departments of Caldas, Risaralda, and Antioquia
  • Assessed more than 200 cases with social orientation, providing and connecting our users with legal, housing, and loan services they can use
  • Executed more than 150 health days through which we have made high quality health services more accessible to rural and vulnerable communities.

With our social projects we have…

  • Improved the oral health of 1250 low income kids in Manizales by providing dental treatments and oral health education for families. Proyecto Sonrisas Saludables “Healthy Smiles Project”
  • Returned the smile to 1150 coffee growers by providing oral prosthetics, oral hygiene treatments, and oral health education. Proyecto Sonrisas Cafeteras “Coffee Smiles Project”
  • Restored the visual health of 5085 farmers through 3297 pairs of glasses and the execution of 430 corrective surgeries (cataracts, pterygium, and glaucoma) Proyecto Visión Cafetera “Coffee Vision Project”
  • Provided more than 1,512 farmers with diagnostic tests for the early detection of prostate cancer, identifying 31 high risk cases.
  • Implementing diagnostic tests for breast and ovarian cancer as well as cardiovascular risk for 1066 rural women through a mobile unit in the Proyecto Mujer Bive tu Salud “Women Live your Health Project”. In 2019, we carried out 628 mammography, identifying 105 cases with alterations. We trained 20 leaders and XX primary care health professionals in the prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Trained 98 rural youth and 68 teachers as community health leaders in 3 rural schools. We evaluated 200 rural youth for cardiovascular risk. Proyecto Bive tu Rita 13 “Live your 13 Route Project”

Learn More: Download 2019 Management Report

 

Our impact on the: 

Fundadores

Jorge García
Co-founder and health advisor, Bive

Jorge Alejandro is passionate about public health, social entrepreneurship and achieving equity in health. He is currently Bive's health advisor and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe in the area of universal health coverage and financial protection. Jorge Alejandro is a medical doctor, with a postgraduate diploma in business management and a Master in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Diana Quintero
Co-founder Bive
diana@bive.co

Business Administrator and specialist in corporate finances with experience in national and international cooperation, formulation of social projects and business management. She has worked as a volunteer with diverse organizations that promote the philosophy of social businesses of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, M. Yunus, and as a consultant on the development of social business models for NGOs. She has also facilitated national and international events on social ventures and innovation in healthcare. Currently, Diana is a LGTVP Fellow and works as a community health specialist for mothers2mothers in Malawi (Africa), and NGO that empowers women living with HIV as community health workers to prevent the transmission of HIV from parent to child. Diana has been selected by Rotary International, a program oriented to training social leaders in the field of peace, and development as one of their scholarship recipients and she will study her Masters in International Development Policy at Duke University in the United States.

Staff

Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Executive Director
Executive Director
Clarivel Guevara Castaño
Health Coodinator
8855300 ext. 104
coordinacionproyectos@bive.co
Rachel Schaefer
Volunteer
8855300 ext 104
bive.proyectos@gmail.com
Laura Vanessa Bedoya Cataño
Service Assistent
8855300 ext 101
Administrativo@bive.co
Mildred Johanna Ortegón
Project manager
8855300 ext 104
proyectos@bive.co
Monica Cristina Rojas
Service coordinator
8855300 ext 103
servicios@bive.co
Yeiny Paola Triana 
Project coordinator
8855300 ext 104
gestionsocial@bive.co

Advisory Board

Karen Torres Narváez

Business Administrator from the National University of Colombia. Master in Project Design and Direction, ontological coach, specialist in Market Management. With 18 years of professional experience.

Emilio Antonio Restrepo Aguirre

Business Consultant, more than 30 years of experience

Isabel Cristina Calvo

Economist, more than 15 years of experience in international cooperation and social business.

Our impact

3. Good health and well-being

We provide access to high-quality, low-cost health, and efficient health care services to more than 19,000 Colombians (appointments are given in less than 7 days) through an alternative and financially sustainable system. 94% of those participating are from low income rural populations.

1. No poverty

We contribute to increasing the income of vulnerable populations through decreasing their unproductive days due to sickness.

5. Gender equality

We facilitate the prevention and early diagnosis of HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases in rural women and we promote sexual health and reproductive rights education for youth.

We empower and train rural women as community health leaders.

10. Reduced inequalities

We promote social inclusion of all through guaranteeing the equal access to high quality health care services.