Poverty reduction remains one of the key goals of international development. Today, it is recognised that reducing poverty has much to do with building the assets of vulnerable communities. It is these assets that serve as a buffer to the shocks and stresses of daily life and are a way of ensuring more sustainable livelihoods.
Spotting opportunity to develop local enterprise depends on each individual situation and potential skills and resources; however one almost universal resource is waste. The reuse of waste materials can be a great resource that has relatively little immediate cost, although the design and manufacturing process of new and innovative materials/products is incredibly labour intensive, and can lead to the potential for local social enterprise.
Eden Summer School 2007