The family-run business and social enterprise Botanica Natural Products (Pty) Ltd. produces organic cosmetic and nutraceutical raw materials from indigenous plants in rural Limpopo, South Africa. They created employment opportunities for locals of a neighboring tribal village and began sourcing indigenous plants that could adapt to the specific climate. 15 full-time employees are currently producing an organically certified extract from the Bulbine Frutescens plant, which is a traditional medicinal plant. Furthermore, Botanica has developed a method of extracting substances of the plant that can be used in the cosmetic industry for skin and hair care products. Together with the RIBH SADC they are now working on business development that will bring even greater benefits to the community: a network of out-growers from the near-by local community that could supply plant material to Botanica on a contract basis.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has established a global network of Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBHs) in Cairo, Jakarta and Pretoria. The RIBHs are supporting businesses, social enterprises and start-ups in designing and implementing their business activities in a sustainable and inclusive way.
How to meet the needs of Egyptian women and their families in rural communities concerning nutrition, food safety and health? How to address the socio-economic challenges faced by rural communities in South Africa living on less than 1USD a day? Or how can start-ups and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector in the MENA region become more sustainable and inclusive? These and similar questions and challenges are being addressed by the Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBHs) through implementing projects in cooperation with social enterprises.
Published by Maite Deuchert at October 5, 2016
This blog is part of the October 2016 series on Exploring the social enterprise landscape, in partnership with the World Bank Group and endeva. Read the whole series for insight and opinion on policy, business models and definitions from social entrepreneurs, policy makers and facilitators around the world.
The RIBHs advise established companies, social enterprises and start-ups on how to design and implement their business models in a sustainable and inclusive manner. With their regional presence, expertise, and established networks and partner structures, they not only advise and develop contacts between local and international businesses, but also serve as a point of contact for intermediaries and regional actors.
More information on www.giz.de/business-hubs