YBUL is presently moving into the social entrepreneurship discourse. Consistent with its primary missions in developing environment-based businesses, YBUL promotes environment-based businesses at community level.
Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to social problems. More specifically, social entrepreneurs adopt a mission to create and sustain social value. They pursue opportunities to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning. They draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds and operate in all kinds of organizations: large and small; new and old; religious and secular; nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid (Wikipedia)
As a not-for-profit organization, YBUL is adopting the small and community based businesses development. Yet we believe that many studies show that small businesses contribute to strengthening local economy:
Many small businesses also possess the ability to respond and adapt quickly to changing economic climates. This is due to the fact that small businesses are often very customer-oriented. Many local customers will remain loyal to their favorite small businesses in the midst of an economic crisis. This loyalty means that small businesses are often able to stay afloat during tough times, which can further strengthen local economies. Small businesses also accumulate less revenue than larger corporations, meaning they may have less to lose in times of economic crisis.
YBUL believes that development projects (at community level) that are directed toward socio-environmental quality improvement should be managed in ways that economic considerations come into place. For examples, we implement community-based projects, which are managed using entrepreneurial principles. For examples:
· in order to conserve a national park, alternative income generation through development of small businesses of the community living surrounding the park, is promoted, engaged and improved;
· in order to sustainably provide clean water services to local community, a business entity at village level is yet to be established so that revenue can be generated for operating, maintaining and repairing the clean water system, to make it even more sustainable;
· in order to promote sustainability of biogas generation from cow manure, bio-slurry as the bi-products of the gas needs to be marketed, so that economic incomes can be generated to create incentive systems for the biogas reactors developers and owners.
YBUL is committed to innovatively promote and develop projects under the social entrepreneurship contextual framework, to achieve its missions. Many issues are already put into concept papers, such as: mangrove conservation through strengthening local women cooperative; green trading concept between waste processing centers along Ciliwung river and low income apartment households in Jakarta; strengthening community-based businesses for improving health services (desa Siaga).
We would welcome any financial donors to implement these projects, especially in creating pilots for further replication and expansion.