Thrive

Achieving sustainable well-being through entrepreneurship
2011 SEED Award Winner Biodiversity Hout Bay, South Africa

Thrive combines business principles with community engagement, unlocking synergies between symbiotic enterprises within Hout Bay to address issues in water, energy, biodiversity, local food and waste with proven, replicable, triple bottom line solutions. The initiative creates jobs and income for local residents and generates social and environmental benefits for the broader community. Thrive facilitates the creation of social enterprises in Hout Bay, enhancing their chances of success. It selects proven solutions and helps the formation of a network of entrepreneurs by providing business support and mentorship. In parallel, Thrive’s community programme fosters a socially and environmentally aware and receptive Hout Bay community that acts as client, resource and beneficiary. Thrive’s enterprises include job-creating recycling projects, wetland alien vegetation clearing and water quality improvement, and a bicycle-based local food service linking growers with clients. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Thrive addresses issues in water, energy, biodiversity, local food and waste with proven, replicable, triple bottom line solutions. The initiative creates jobs and income for local residents and generates social and environmental benefits.
  • Contributing to capacity building in the community and to social cohesion.
  • Creating jobs and up-skilling opportunities in a variety of sectors including waste management, food production and processing, biodiversity rehabilitation, energy, and water conservation.
  • Fostering environmental conservation through its projects and awareness-raising activities.
  • Diverting >290t waste from landfill sites, initiating recycling measures in 10 schools, and securing 30,000m2 of private land for food, waste and energy initiatives.
  • Creating jobs and offers opportunities for entrepreneurship to create income and stimulate growth in all sectors of the economy.

 

 

Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Thrive leads the initiative and manages the network of organisations. 

The Hout Bay Partnership connects Thrive to potential partner organisations and community members in Hout Bay.

The Environmental Resource Management Department, City of Cape Town, provides policy advice, connections to City of Cape Town government departments and support for the initiative.

The Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town provides expert advice and assistance with environmental research and projects.

The Environmental Conservation Group of Hout Bay and Llandudno provides additional capacity and expertise.

Project 90 x 2030 connects Thrive to environmental organisations and initiatives.

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