Fundacion Maquipucuna: an entrepreneurial Ecuadorian non-profit organisation

Ratten, Vanessa 2011, Fundacion Maquipucuna: an entrepreneurial Ecuadorian non-profit organisation, International journal of business and globalisation, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 217-224.

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Title Fundacion Maquipucuna: an entrepreneurial Ecuadorian non-profit organisation
Author(s) Ratten, Vanessa
Journal name International journal of business and globalisation
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 224
Publisher Inderscience
Place of publication Olney, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1753-3627
1753-3635
Keyword(s) ecuador
community-based entrepreneurship
social entrepreneurship
environmental sustainability
biodiversity
ecology
resource management
Fundacion Maquipucuna
entrepreneurial organisations
non-profit organisations
Choco-Andes
cacao trees
coffee production
ecotourism
tourism
plastic thatch manufacture
crops
agriculture
sustainable development
ecological environments
biodiverse hotpots
sustainability initiatives
litre-government agencies
for-profit structures
community engagement
regional development
Afro-Ecuadorian people
business
globalisation
Summary The purpose of this paper is to describe Fundacion Maquipucuna's community-based entrepreneurship activities. Fundacion Maquipucuna is a unique non-profit organisation in the Choco-Andes region of Ecuador. An ethnographic study and review of the literature is conducted to analyse the cacao, coffee, ecotourism and plastic thatch enterprises of Fundacion Maquipucuna. The enterprises Fundacion Maquipucuna is engaged in support the ongoing sustainability of the biodiverse ecological environment in the Choco-Andes region, which is one of the top five biodiverse hotspots in the world. On a global scale, more emphasis is being placed on promoting sustainability initiatives to preserve the environment. This paper discusses how a litre-government agency Fundacion Maquipucuna is changing from a non-profit to a for-profit structure in order to continue its community engagement projects. This paper integrates the social and community-based entrepreneurship literature to discuss how Fundacion Maquipucuna is engaging in innovative regional development that benefits the whole Choco-Andes community including the large Afro-Ecuadorian population.
Language eng
Field of Research 150304 Entrepreneurship
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Inderscience
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036862

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Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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