San residents in Drimiopsis step up to meet challenges of high unemployment and changing economies. This group of San entrepreneurs have begun a brick making business with an eye to the future. Brick making in resettlement communities is an excellent use of natural resources. Community based businesses provide vitality through employment and income flow. The DRFN aims to support entrepreneurship and business development as an important foundation for sustainable self-sufficiency.
As part of the ongoing effort to support resident stakeholders the DRFN offers residents training and mentorship in business development: business planning, funding, and development.
Supporting sustainable business opportunities in resettlement communities requires collaboration of stakeholders from all sectors. Challenges of infrastructure, access to markets, distribution systems, and start up capital can seem insurmountable. However, strategic alliances resulting in sustainable, self-sufficient business in resettlement communities offers hope for the future.