Social enterprise training

Zimele personnel attended social enterprise training a few weeks ago. There are several definitions of this concept but put simply, a social enterprise is an organisation that is run like a business but has a social purpose. The primary objective of social enterprises is to address social problems through a financially sustainable business model, where surpluses (if any) are generally re-invested. Social entrepreneurs are taught through this training how to generate and analyse social business ideas, and to select the most appropriate one to be used as a basis for a business plan. The process of turning a social need or problem into a social enterprise starts with identifying the specific need or problem within the community. Many people who become involved in community activities do so because of their own personal experiences. Conducting a situation analysis in a community is crucial to ensure that a suitable and appropriate solution is found.

Learning objectives of the training course:

• Understand concepts such as social enterprise, social entrepreneur and the social economy

• Understand what makes a successful social business idea

• Assess their own skills, experiences and personal characteristics as a social entrepreneur

• Identify potential social business ideas

• Analyse these business ideas and select the most suitable one.

The seven modules covered the following:

1. INTRODUCING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

2. ARE YOU A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR?

3. IDENTIFYING SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

4. FINDING GOOD SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEAS

5. ANALYSING AND SELECTING SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEAS

6. WRITING UP YOUR SOCIAL BUSINESS IDEA

7. FACT SHEETS

Characteristics of a social enterprise :

1. Delivery of social value as the principle aim as opposed to maximising profit for the owners/shareholders

2. The production of goods or the provision of services on an ongoing basis with a view to generating an income that covers expenses and potentially allows for a surplus.

Putting training into action:

On 24 February the group visited the KwaMakhutha Location where the college is based for situation analysis. We identified several problems in the community (youth employment, vandalised buildings, road maintenance very poor, lack of community information), and with these problems in mind we saw a need to start an infomation centre, and apply for funding from government. Seen here are personnel analysing the situation…

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Report by: Toto Bhungane (Field Trainer)

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