|The Environmental Colours of Microfinance
5. Technological Innovation at the Micro-Enterprise Level
This section celebrates creative technology, energy sources and
productive methods found at the micro-entrepreneurial level. We are
encouraged by the recent developments in small scale applications of
renewable energy, the growing focus on sustainable agricultural
practises, and other trends related to the development of
environmentally benevolent small scale technologies.
Technological based approaches have long been promoted as a solution
to the economic and environmental problems faced by small scale
producers. Those involved in these endeavours will readily admit that
many errors have been made over the years.
It is now understood that with a technological based approach, as much
if not more attention must be paid to the social organisation
supporting the introduction of the technology as to the technology
itself. Promoting technologies developed in a laboratory setting, or a
different region or cultural setting can be highly problematic.
Equally risky are innovations that are not economically viable.
When introducing new technologies good environmental, community
development and business practises must be adhered to. The ideas
found throughout Environmental Colours regarding the participation
of micro-entrepreneurs and community development practises should be
helpful in this regard. As well, the section on "Finding Economically
Viable Solutions to Environmental Challenges"
offers some insights on how to promote
It is not the intention to encourage people to try and replicate
verbatim the technologies and approaches found in this section. Quite
the contrary. The examples are only meant to inspire and provide a
better sense of what is possible from a technological point of view.
We would like your contribution (email addresses are listed below). Send us a description (two pages
maximum) of any interesting and successful technologies or process
that you are aware of. Please include a description of the
project/micro-enterprise, the name of the executing organisation, the
process used in developing and implementing the technology, its
positive impact from both a business environmental standpoint and if
possible lessons learned. We want to provide visitors to this section
with the best possible understanding of the context in which the
technologies/innovations have been developed and are being used. Feel
free to enclose pictures.
||If you have resources to suggest, project descriptions or activities, lessons learned or internet links with related contents, please send an email to
Hari Srinivas - firstname.lastname@example.org or Dean Pallen - email@example.com. Pictures/photos and drawings of innovative technologies are particularly welcome. These will be included in a Picture Gallery.
Hari Srinivas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Return to the Virtual Library on Microcredit