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Social Enterprise

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.

Batik Artisans
  • Category: Life / Vocational Skilling, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Adults
  • Country: Indonesia

Batik Artisans

Batik is an ancient cloth dyeing technique which has been practiced in South-East Asia for many centuries.  The traditional handicraft tells a long history of acculturation as intricate patterns reflect an array of cultural influences from surrounding regions.

Ex-Prisoner Reintegration
  • Category: Life / Vocational Skilling, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Ex-prisoners
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Mongolia

Ex-Prisoner Reintegration

Relapse back into the ‘underground’ is common amongst Mongolian ex-prisoners. Quite literally, they plunge beneath the surface through purpose-built manholes into a labyrinth of heating pipes and tunnels.

Female Enterprise Incubator
  • Category: Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Cambodia

Female Enterprise Incubator

Gender stereotypes are systemic within the Cambodian job market.  Female unemployment in the formal sector is widespread as restrictive social norms dictate unequal opportunity.  Men are encouraged to undertake vocational training programs in trades such as mechanics, electronics and IT, whilst women are commonly limited to sewing, cooking and hospitality.

Holistic Community Development
  • Category: Disability Inclusive, Education, Health, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Indonesia

Holistic Community Development

In a country where half of all households are clustered around the poverty line, the needs of the poor are many.  Labour is one of their few assets, but opportunity for employment is often limited by lack of education and cultural barriers.  If provided with the means of attaining a good job, they have the chance to earn their way out of poverty.

Rescue and Emergency Relief
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Emergency Relief, Health, Social Enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Ethnic minorities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Myanmar

Rescue and Emergency Relief

Ethnic tension is rampant in Burma.  Skewed spending on defence has stagnated economic growth and development indicators are ubiquitously dubious.  The government refuses basic services to some minorities and the military targets them in ruthless bouts of conflict.  An epidemic of statelessness has emerged whereby many Burmese are internally displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.

School Project
  • Category: Education, Social Enterprise
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: India

School Project

In one of India's most impoverished rural regions, illiteracy is generational as each child gets caught in the same web of disadvantage as their parents and grandparents.  Teacher absenteeism is high, and student enrolment is low because buildings are dilapidated and roads leading to and from schools are scarcely maintained.