About the programme
ENTERPRISE aims to empower and enable women and youth in the Uva and Central Province to create and participate in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The project is funded by the European Union under the wider programme area - support the integrated rural development in most vulnerable districts of the Central and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka, and is delivered in partnership with Care Germany and Chrysalis. The operations commenced in June 2017 and will run over a period of 42 months.
Our contribution to this project comes under the programme area of skills for social entrepreneurship. This includes introducing, popularising and capacity building in enterprise intermediaries, to enable positive social change through innovative and effective business models, that tackle social issues and contribute to sustainable development.
What is Social Enterprise?
Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. They tackle social and/or environmental problems. Social Enterprises create jobs and opportunities for those marginalised from the workforce. They generate income like other businesses. But instead of channelling their total profits to owners, they reinvest part of the profit to support their social/environmental mission.
In doing so, they are improving people’s lives in our communities and societies.
Through this programme, we are introducing the concept of social enterprise – a new way of doing business with a social and/or environmental mission. We are working with entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, communities, policymakers, universities, government institutions, enterprise intermediaries and NGOs. We have a special focus on youth and women.
- We are developing training programmes to support social entrepreneurs and social enterprise intermediaries in increasing the impact of their work.
- We are supporting universities in the target geographical areas by supporting to set up incubators, developing and implementing a programme to embed social enterprise content into university teaching programmes drawing on UK experience and potential links
- We are implementing a communication campaign to raise awareness and understanding among policymakers, key stakeholders and the general public of the potential and important role of social enterprises in solving social and environmental issues and the contribution it makes to the economic development.