The goal is to set up main parts of our organization as a Social Economy Business.
This means, in short, that we make money from selling goods and services in the open market, but reinvest the entire profit back into the development projects and the communities we strive to uplift.
We therefore aim to:
- Give priority to people and work rather than to capital in the distribution of revenue and surplus. All profit must at all times be reinvested in the development projects. We keep our books open for members and sponsors so they can see exactly what comes in and what goes out.
- Serve vulnerable members of the community and make sure that they are included in the process of change.
- Establish a democratic decision-making process that involves the participation of users and workers.
(Nancy Neamtan, John Anderson, 2010 & John Pearce, 2003)
As an NGO we will always be dependent on companies and people supporting us and working together with us to create a change. While our sponsors, members and partners are the cement that keeps everything together, we contribute with as many bricks as we can. Being able to accumulate our own money makes us less vulnerable and more financially sustainable in the future.
Another positive outcome from the cooperation with creative businesses and institutions in South Africa and Denmark is that we can contribute to the art- and cultural exchange and help bring new perspectives and ideas to both countries. We work to create networks and form socially and environmentally responsible business alliances between Nordic designers and local crafters and creative minds in the Cape Winelands – in this way promoting production and economic growth.