Social enterprises seek to accomplish social goals using entrepreneurial methods by reinvesting income generated for the continuation of the project. The involvement of marginalised locals in decision-making processes and the running of the project is essential for ensuring eventual self-sufficiency and building capacity. In many ways, these enterprises function like any other businesses, however improving livelihoods takes precedence over raising revenue as the core of their mission.
There is a need to find gainful employment for at-risk individuals who would otherwise be excluded from the workforce and wider community. Typically target beneficiaries are unemployed youth, new immigrants, people with disabilities and ex-prisoners. Social enterprise enables opportunity to prosper in productive jobs tailored to the talents of individuals.