The Role of Sustainability-oriented Social Enterprises in Boosting Green Livelihoods and Business Opportunities in Rural Contexts

The GREEN-WIN project reviewed various cases of capacity building and knowledge improvement of rural livelihood in rural communities related to sustainable and low-carbon solutions. The cases described below were carried out by the social enterprise Development Alternatives Group, comprised of the Society for Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), Society for Development Alternatives (DA), and their affiliates. TARA-DA promotes public-private-people collaborations to grow local capacities and create the conditions for greater economic inclusion. This intervention is multi-scale, ranging from local to national and transnational level. The whole philosophy of DA is that the new community projects or businesses become completely independent from DA, for which the DA will eventually only assist in counted occasions.