Social Entrepreneurship & Volunteer Action
While developing and implementing projects aligned with global goals – SDGs, we aim to promote and harness the potential of the combination of social entrepreneurship and volunteer action (SEVA), and youth in volunteer action (YouVA).
Our Social Business / NGO Enterprise Management for Sustainability initiatives have been developed towards ensuring sustainability of our impact programs and projects on ground while adhering to sustainable development principles.
- Sustainable EcoTourism initiative
- EcoStoreOnline – under development
A question is often asked – can social enterprises really contribute to sustainable development and save the world? Our answer is always in affirmative. There are many examples of social enterprises creating positive environmental impacts. While they are not all motivated by environmental concerns, the social enterprise model have shown good case examples of enabling business success combined with sustainability.
We had stumbled and reflected many a times, but the effort has not stopped. Anyone joining us should believe in the following five principles, following which, we seem to be moving more productively and steadily:
>Never stop. It will get very hard. You will want to quit.
>Don’t expect a lot of income-salary in the first few years. You may have to put certain things on hold.
>Say goodbye to people in your business if they aren’t right for or don’t believe in your social business theory and practice. It’s less painful in the long run.
>Be careful about who you listen to. Everyone has well-meaning advice, and yet you must keep your mind open too.
>Know your business – is your social enterprise sustainable? Will someone actually pay for your services (vs you hope they will) and does it have a real impact? There are a lot of businesses that aren’t social and there are a lot of socials that aren’t business.