Close-up: Turning the lens on social enterprises around the world

What does the day-to-day work of a social enterprise look like around the world? Our new photo feature brings you right to the front lines, thanks to beautiful, compelling images submitted by our readers

Flavia Amadeu Sustainable Design - Brazil

Flavia Amadeu Sustainable Design teaches communities in the Amazon to make coloured and improved wild rubber, then buys it from them to create jewellery and other accessories. Making a living by sustainably harvesting products of the rainforest means local populations are less likely to damage their surroundings through deforestation or renting land to cattle farmers. The company has trained 350 people in three states of Brazil to date. Photo: Eliz Tessinari


Bwambale Stephen operates a mechanised pulper at a micro-processing station in western Uganda. His cooperative, Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union, got a loan from Shared Interest to install a coffee-roasting plant. Shared Interest provides financial services and business support to help people trade their way out of poverty. Photo: Jake Lyell


Liberation Foods - Nicaragua

Liberation Foods is the UK’s only Fairtrade, farmer-owned nut company. Pictured here are operations manager Mei Mei Zhao and warehouse manager Brenda Mendoza Ulloa, at the Del Campo cooperative in Nicaragua, among bagged crops waiting to be processed. Photo: Liberation Foods


Glasgow Wood Recycling UK

Becky Connor, a volunteer at Glasgow Wood Recycling, sanding down reclaimed wood to be made into a new TV Unit. Glasgow Wood Recycling is a social enterprise and charity that collects wood waste from all over Glasgow, then reuses it to make quality furniture and bespoke pieces. To date, GWR has diverted over 4,000 tonnes ofwood from being wasted, and provided training and a route into employment for 190 people. Photo: Seamus Lumsden


Reall - Nepal

UK-based organisation Reall builds affordable housing in collaboration with in-country partners for people living on low incomes. Above: a construction worker hired by Reall partner Lumanti, in Nepal. Photo: Reall


Pioneers Post Quarterly issue 13This article first appeared in Pioneers Post Quarterly, issue 13. Read the full issue here– or subscribe now for access.