Enabling Micro-enterprises to Achieve Sustainability

Enabling Micro-enterprises to Achieve Sustainability

We seek to enable micro-enterprises to achieve business sustainability. Our work promotes appropriate development strategies in programmes for township economic development and entrepreneurship. We advocate for interventions that support existing businesses and build upon organic growth. Based on detailed research, we develop strategies for infrastructure investments to support street traders and provide business space for micro-enterprises within integrated development hubs. Through working with township businesses, we have learnt that such investments must be responsive to the business needs, appropriate to the market situation and spatial requirements of the business, and manageable through local organisational capabilities. We aim to identify opportunities to support micro-enterprises gain access to financial services, strengthen their brands, establish better supply chains and upstream linkages, and build social capital and technical skills.