For the microenterprise field to grow and become sustainable, it must increase self-sufficiency and secure more stable sources of support. To gain and sustain funder interest, microenterprise development programs need more detailed and rigorous information on the outcomes their clients experience, and on other benefits their programs contribute to local economic development. Increasing self-sufficiency also will demand that programs generate more ways to recover their costs - by finding and implementing strategies to increase efficiency, by increasing interest and fee income, and by creating other revenue generating strategies. While there are a number of strategies programs might employ to earn income, one that has attracted considerable interest is to create and manage a social enterprise with double bottom line results, benefiting clients as well as the program itself.
To help the field explore these issues, FIELD has:
- FIELD forum Issue 21: Building Sustainability by Increasing Earned Revenue (2008)
- FIELD forum Issue 20: Capital Structure: Getting it Right to Increase Sustainability (2008)
- FIELD forum Issue 19: Blazing a Trail to Sustainability through Social Enterprise: A Case Example (2008)
- Spotlight on Sustainability: A Conversation on Capital Structure (2008); Download podcast or view Webinar on-line
- Spotlight on Sustainability: A Conversation about Social Enterprise (2008); Download podcast or view Webinar on-line