Our programme with NESsT supports social enterprises to create dignified jobs and sustainable income for marginalized groups.
Around the globe, vulnerable populations face numerous barriers to employment including social exclusion and discrimination, violence, distance from job centres or lack of preparedness for jobs. This often prevents them from leading quality lives and accessing fair and safe employment opportunities. In 2018 alone, there were more than 172 million unemployed people worldwide, with significantly higher unemployment rates among women, youth and people living with disabilities.
As part of our new strategy focused on the creation of fair and sustainable employment, we are collaborating with NESsT to improve the livelihoods of individuals facing barriers to employment, through tailored business support and financial capital to three growing social enterprises, two in Brazil (Consolidar Diversidade and Pedala) and one in Chile (Sustainable Fishery Trade).
The project aims to scale-up these social enterprises while increasing their managerial and financial viability, in addition to multiplying their social impact and job creation prospects. NESsT will provide the enterprises with management coaching, technical support and access to tailored financing.
The social enterprises in our portfolio are creating sustainable jobs for vulnerable groups through innovative projects:
- Sustainable Fishery Trade (SFT) is a Peruvian social enterprise that brings fair and sustainable practices to artisanal fisheries by sourcing directly from small fishing communities and selling to restaurants and retail shops. SFT uses a mobile app to connect fishers and restaurants while ensuring traceability. In 2018, with support from Trafigura Foundation, SFT piloted the replication of its business model to Chile. Watch the video to learn more about SFT.
- Consolidar Diversidade promotes the inclusion of people living with disabilities (PWDs) into the Brazilian labour market. The social enterprise works on both sides of the equation: on the one hand, it seeks to educate corporations through an online training platform on labour inclusion topics. On the other hand, it also provides job placement services to PWDs, connecting them to career opportunities with Consolidar’s employment partners.
- Pedala is a social enterprise that trains and employs at-risk youth as bicycle couriers in Brazil. Pedala operates as a logistics company that uses bicycles to provide ecological delivery of e-commerce products. The mission of the company is to promote the quality of life of otherwise marginalized employees through sport and contract employment, and to reduce pollution in its city and for society in general.
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