The GSRD Foundation has been supporting the Enterprises for Development project since 2015. In this next phase, we will work together with our local partner, the Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP), to support 24 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing business-development services and helping them get access to financing. That way, they can grow their businesses and enhance their impact. We will also help improve the ecosystem for impact-driven SMEs – that is, those that are striving to make a positive social impact while also growing their businesses – by demonstrating good practices in this connection. The overall goal of this project is to strengthen impact-driven SMEs so they can help fight poverty and tackle some of the broader societal and environmental challenges that Vietnam is facing.
This next phase will focus on agri-businesses, rural and otherwise, in the fruit-and-vegetable value chains. The project will target those SMEs that are eager to:
• improve how they manage their businesses
• pursue sustainable production methods
• better monitor the quality of their supply chain
• use technology to make it possible to trace their products
The project will have 1,150 direct beneficiaries, including entrepreneurs and their employees, who will receive coaching and training. And it will indirectly benefit another 6,450 employees, household farms, small-scale producers that supply the SMEs, and low-income consumers.
Given the growing demands for transparency regarding where fruits and vegetables have been produced in the value chain, the project will also include a pilot to provide this transparency to consumers, based on input from small-scale producers and SMEs. Oxfam will partner with Greenhub to work with SMEs and their suppliers to test tools for monitoring the quality and traceability of products.
Oxfam Novib is part of Oxfam International, a confederation of nineteen independent non-profit organisations worldwide. Novib was founded in 1956 and joined Oxfam in 1994. Oxfam’s vision is one of a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam works in 94 countries through local partners and stakeholders and aims to be a worldwide ‘influencing’ network to address structural causes of poverty globally.
Oxfam Novib targets governments and the private sector and builds close alliances with the civil society actors which share its values and aims. The organisation focuses on the right of men and women to a sustainable livelihood, basic social services, life and security, the right to be heard and the right to an identity. Read more about Oxfam Novib.