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Advancing urban value chain development to help millions of people work their way out of poverty

Business Planning for Sustainability and Scale-Up Practitioner Learning Program (PLP)

Business Planning for Sustainability and Scale-Up Practitioner Learning Program (PLP)

Achieving large-scale sustainability and attracting significant long-term investment are key challenges in the enterprise development field. In response to these challenges, the Value Initiative has partnered with five leading practitioners in value chain development, social enterprise, and fair trade. Together, these practitioners will develop innovative models for sustainable, larger-scale enterprise development that reaches a wider target group of marginalized communities. The four partners include:

  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute (Pakistan)
  • Fair Trade Forum India
  • Labournet (India)
  • SDC Asia (Philippines)
  • KeBal/Mercy Corps (Indonesia)

The five participants in the Business Planning Practitioner Learning Program have all scaled up their projects and transitioned to either independent social enterprises or received further grants or investment after participating in SEEP’s sustainability and scale up learning program.

 

Many people either don’t know or underestimate the positive role that a network like SEEP can play in the life of an organization like LabourNet. SEEP made funds and expertise available "at times" when LabourNet was on the brink of change. Since inception as a social enterprise LabourNet has received funding and technical support from SEEP and this has helped us strategically to restructure and enhance our contribution to workers and tackle business problems.

Gayatri, ex CEO- Labournet, a participant in BP learning program

Participation in the SEEP program enhanced our understanding of value chain approaches to support competeitiveness development and poverty alleviation of micro and small enterpreneurs in agri/marine-based chains. We established a social enterprise “Gana Vida” – a for-profit enterprise. We started with Mariculture and are now working with micro and community-based enterprises engaged in farm production and processing of all-natural/organic pork, chicken, beef, and vegetables.We also gained a lot of insights on integrating social entrepreneurship wiith value chain development to reach marginalized communities.

Ivan Idrovo, CEO, SDC Asia, Phillipines, a participant in BP learning program


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