Enterprise development is a particularly important pillar in Green Corridors' work. We address the high levels of unemployment and poverty around our project areas by fostering the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are significant contributors to job creation. As a country with a history of economic inequality, enterprise development becomes a powerful tool for empowering historically disadvantaged individuals and communities, promoting inclusive economic participation. We do this through a variety of methods, including skills training, mentorship, work experience and specifically designing our projects with the end goal of a local entrepreneur being able to take the project forward.

Additionally, a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in our project areas enhances economic resilience and in the case of ecotourism and the waste economy, enterprise development can become a valuable climate change adaptation tool, providing communities with alternative livelihoods which provide benefits for the natural environment rather than extracting from the natural environment. 

Enterprise development also contributes to skills development and innovation around our project areas. Encouraging entrepreneurship stimulates creativity and innovation, driving competitiveness and adaptability in a rapidly changing local economy, our KwaMashu Materials Beneficiation Centre is a powerful example of how innovation can be harnessed for good at a micro level. 

We believe that by developing and supporting local enterprises, there's a positive impact on community development. Local businesses are more likely to reinvest in their communities, contributing to social development, infrastructure improvement, and overall community well-being.