Sustainable impact through Social Business
Following the Grameen principles of social business to create new livelihood opportunities that meet not only economic needs, but social and environmental to work towards zero extreme poverty within impoverished communities.
Our Social Business models empower impoverished communities to become change-makers.
Discover how our models impact UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Social Business Model
Social businesses are unique in that the investors’ main goal is not to make a financial profit, but to address a social need. The investment made is one that contributes to social welfare while creating new livelihood opportunities.
Our social business models are highly replicable and tailored to address specific social problems within impoverished communities. Training is a key component of Dana Asia’s social business program, along with improving micro-entrepreneurs’ access to financial services to fund business startup and growth. At the core of all models we focus on:
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Sustainable Agriculture Models
The planet faces a climate crisis. In the developing world, rural farming communities are already suffering the effects of climate change with increasingly unpredictable weather putting farms at risk. Dana Asia’s Sustainable Agriculture models aim to modernise farming practices and technology and promote organic techniques to turn small-scale farms into viable agribusinesses and provide a sustainable livelihood for farmers.
We deliver world-class training in poultry rearing to enable Cambodia’s most impoverished rural villagers to become small business owners, rearing chickens in their own backyard for vital income to support their families.
Agri Social Business
We establish community-based enterprises that utilise local resources to upgrade small-farmer productivity and increase income for agricultural cooperatives while addressing food security issues.
Sustainable Community Models
In Manila, Philippines an estimated 20 million people live under the poverty threshold of PHP12,000 (US$220) per month for a family of five. For these families, access to basic services like education, healthcare, housing and basic sanitation, and financial services is often limited. Dana Asia works to reduce social inequalities for highly-impoverished communities by improving access to training, financial services, and livelihood opportunities to build capacity at a community level to create new income and increase community GDP.
Establishing wet and dry markets within Housing Developments in Metro Manila as a source of affordable food and basic goods and business opportunities for community members.
Training in livelihood skills like small-scale vegetable growing, mushroom growing, and aquaponics with microfinance and business training available to kickstart home-based small businesses.
Youth Entrepreneurship Models
In the developing world, many young people do not complete basic education. Many are removed from school prematurely in order to work to contribute to household income. Without basic education they miss out on skilled work or further education, keeping them stuck in the cycle of poverty. Dana Asia provides unique vocational training and hands-on work experience opportunities for rural and urban poor youth to reduce education inequalities and inspire young people to take control of their futures.
Innovative hands-on learning experience to empower youth towards higher-education and better employment opportunities in the future while generating economic opportunity in impoverished communities.
Rural students learn hands-on how to utilise innovative solar panels and learn entrepreneurship skills to start a micro-enterprise that produces clean water that can be sold for a small income for school development.