TVP’s Social Enterprise Program embodies the old adage, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life.” Our objectives are to improve livelihoods and preserve Tibetan culture by providing appropriate skills training, business education, and access to capital. Investing in education, training, knowledge, and skills for the Tibetan business sector is the most effective and viable ways to cultivate economic development and cultural flourishing for Tibetans in the current Chinese political environment.
Vocational Skills Training: Vocational education prepares people to work in a trade, in a craft, as a technician, or in support roles in professions that designed to supplement incomes for Tibetan nomads and farmers living in rural communities. In last few years, TVP supported several vocational skills training program that including motorcycle repair, handcraft development, tour guide, and hospitality services. We are currently focusing on providing skills training to Tibetan homestay owners in tourism development areas for their effort to earn livable wages by renting their guest bedrooms to tourists.
Business Education: TVP’s organize business workshops and seminars for designed to support livelihood entrepreneurs who want to start or improve their businesses. Entrepreneurs learn essential knowledge and skills such as financial literacy and bookkeeping, business plan development, marketing and team building, etc. In addition, we organize business start-up and networking events that designed to learn and share from each other’s experiences.
Enterprise Loan: Weather it is a government subsidy, loans from financial institutions and private lenders or seed fund from NGOs, TVP connects entrepreneurs with access to capital whenever possible. In addition, TVP has developed its own a small microloan program and worked with local partners to establish lending groups, known as co-ops. Depending on business size and locations, each microenterprise receives about $2,500 microloan for 2-years in rural villages and bigger enterprise loan for growth oriented businesses.
“Social entrepreneurs identify resources where people only see problems. They view the villagers as the solution, not the passive beneficiary. They begin with the assumption of competence and unleash resources in the communities they’re serving.” –David Bornstein