Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Each of our projects is an Entrepreneurial initiative because Palmera get very hands on in the business development. From toy production businesses, agricultural businesses, fishing enterprises and handicrafts. Beyond our projects Palmera began an enterprise, which unfortunately did not prove feasible called "It Starts with a Stitch" to provide work uniforms from the villages to corporates in Australia. Unfortunately the very strict uniform requirements limited our production potential. This business ran for a year and was a great learning for us. We have a cookbook that we use as a key income raising source which tells the story of 34 women's story of war and rebuilding through food (handmade.palmera.org) and we are also currently developing a purchasing platform for rural women to sell their products directly overseas (an easy to use Etsy). Everything we do is entrepreneurial because we have to think outside the box in order to support the women we work with, work within the constraints of limited resources available to social enterprises and meet the very high entrepreneurial demands by donors and our key stakeholders.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
We work through a research advisory panel who act as our advisors made up of experts from Swiss Labour Group, Opportunity International and World Vision. We have a key partner in Transform Aid International who would act as our scale partner (see quote from them below) and of course we have many corporates who provide in kind support so we can do what we do - from graphical (Pink Tank) to legal support (Allen & Overy).
"Transform Aid has been seeking to leverage a strong approach to MSE to strengthen our ongoing Self Help Group programs across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership with Palmera is proving to show tremendous promise in identifying scalable approaches to MSE initiatives that will extend and build on programs already reducing poverty however with greater economic and sustainable impact. Palmera has shown extraordinary rigour in both approach design and organisational development, however we are also quite buoyed by the attention to embedded impact measurement in the design which will provide improved measurement of results beyond the typical approaches".