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Facilitating community enterprise development: A guide for support agencies

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The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) have produced a simple guide to help partners support the development of rural community micro and small enterprises. Since 2010, CANARI has focused work under its Rural Livelihoods programme in three Caribbean countries - Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Jamaica. This has resulted in the identification of more than 50 enterprises in 18 rural communities. These enterprises are all dependent upon the sustainable use of natural resources for livelihood benefits, including community tourism initiatives and production and marketing of honey, coffee and chocolates. These guidelines have been developed to assist support agencies and individuals interested in supporting the growth and development of community enterprises that use natural resources and bring economic, social as well as environmental benefits. The guidelines aim to provide support agencies – from governments, civil society organisations, inter-governmental technical agencies and international programmes - with an easy to follow, step by step guide to support the development of community enterprises. They provide real case studies showing lessons learnt, challenges and best practice in working with Caribbean community enterprises based on CANARI's experience.

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