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Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya

Mutta, Doris and Mahamane, Larwanou and Wekesa, Chemuku and Kowero, Godwin and Roos, Anders (2021). Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya. Sustainability. 13 , 3475
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The sustainable business model (SBM) concept requires enterprises to integrate sustainability aspects in their planning and operations. Although 60% of the global working population make their living in the informal sector mostly in low-and middle income countries, the potential for SBMs has rarely been analyzed for this category. This study explores the SBMs of informal charcoal-producing enterprises in coastal Kenya. It describes key business-model components: value proposition, value creation and delivery, and economic value capture. Impact and dependency on sustainability-related indicators were also studied. Data were obtained through individual interviews, focus-group discussions, and workshops for charcoal producers and other relevant stakeholders. Findings demonstrated that charcoal enterprises, despite their informal status, adopt elaborate business models. The incomes positively affect several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by reducing, if not eradicating, poverty and supporting basic livelihood needs. Examples of negative impacts on some SDG include the activity’s contribution to forest degradation. Feedback impacts, where SDG status influence the informal enterprises’ opportunities were also identified. The SBM model contributes to the development of a balanced sustainability transition of the charcoal sector. We suggest further analyses of the role of informal enterprises in the bioenergy sector for sustainable development and how their SBMs could be improved.

Authors/Creators:Mutta, Doris and Mahamane, Larwanou and Wekesa, Chemuku and Kowero, Godwin and Roos, Anders
Title:Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:3475
Number of Pages:17
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Economic Geography
Keywords:bioenergy, business strategy, green business, livelihoods, value chain
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111185
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111185
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DOI10.3390/su13063475
ID Code:23314
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:20 Apr 2021 14:23
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2021 14:31

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