Acting as a business advisor
One of the best ways to learn about growing/scaling up strategies for social enterprises is by helping others.
In this step, we invite you to read the following case study Arusha Women Entrepreneur and respond to the following question: What are your recommendations for growing/scaling up with regards to the five points highlighted by David (the founder of this social enterprise)?
The highlighted points are as follows:
To secure capital (around $100,000) for technology to process natural peanut butter (peanut milling, roasting table, packing machine, cooling trolley, cooling table and splitter blancher); for the purchase of agricultural devices (tillage equipment, planters, irrigation equipment); and for harvest machines from Frank Design Peanut Butter machines (cole planters, peanut dryer, peanut shelter, rotary tillers and vibrating feeder).
To obtain organic certification for the organically grown peanuts.
To develop an export market plan for expansion to East African country markets, building on existing orders out of Kenya.
To diversify the product portfolio with by-products such as animal feed and briquettes made from shells and residues, and new products such as therapeutic foods for children with chronic malnutrition and edible oils.
To build partnerships with local non-profit organisations to help build farmer capacity and productivity. Over three years, approximately 3,000 farmers are expected to be involved in the supply chain.
Disclosure: Bear in mind that the written case study has limited information, so we encourage you to do your own research to find more about Arusha Women Entrepreneur if you think there are gaps you need to know to help David on his decision to grow his company. You can bring examples of other related social enterprises and their strategies to grow/scale up.