Eleven community organisations across Jamaica will be able to turn their activities into successful community businesses, thanks to a partnership forged between the Digicel Foundation and the UWI Mona School of Business and Management - Office of Social Entrepreneurship (OSE).
The initiative operates under the theme, 'Back to Roots - Stronger Roots, Stronger Communities, Stronger Nation'. It aims to help community organisations become more self-reliant by facilitating their transition to social enterprises, by teaching them how to run sustainable community businesses. As social enterprises, these community organisations will promote community development by the activities they carry out, as well as by their increased capacity to generate wealth and employment.
The 11 pilot projects promote community development through education, skills training, sports, and employment and income generation. They will receive funding totalling J$13 million from the Digicel Foundation. They will also receive support from the OSE in a variety of areas crucial to starting and running sustainable community businesses, including entrepreneurial thinking and practice, preparation of business plans and models, proposal writing, and assistance in cultivating and strengthening key partnerships.