Our programs apply sustainable business principles that achieve social good and ensure the reinvestment into the local community to further their social purpose and create employment for the population. Besides having helped start up numerous social enterprises in Nigeria, DRC, Ivory Coast and Guatemala, ERI has been researching and analysing the possibilities to develop a "Beyond Fair Trade" a unique feasibility study we conducted in 2010-2011 in Senegal to combine the respected eco-village model with a sustainable, locally based, trade network. Current Fair Trade programs focus solely on producers, at the expense of the community, and give power to international organizations. We are proposing to connect ecovillages in Senegal to establish a local trading system, as well as develop international partnerships for global trade. Our goal is to decentralize and localize economic power for a fairer distribution of wealth and create a meaningful base for economic security and independence. To learn more about this program, please contact us.