Promoting Entrepreneurship through a Community Learning Model – Case Study: Green Businesses

  • María Catalina Ramírez
  • Libia Alejandra Navas CastañoEmail author
  • Ángela Delgado
  • Miguel Angel González
  • Luis Camilo Caicedo
  • Mauricio Peralta
Original Paper


This article presents a community learning model formulated by Engineers Without Borders Colombia with the aim of providing communities with tools to create sustainable productive solutions which have relevancy for members and for potential customers. The goal of this formulation is to promote learning processes that are guided by decisions made by community members to propose sustainable and replicable initiatives. The model applicability is evidenced through a case study devoted to strengthening community-led green businesses in the Guavio Province, Colombia by collecting lessons and conclusions. Ultimately, this collection will prove useful in replicating the learning model in other similar rural communities.


Green businesses Organizational learning Green entrepreneurship Guavio region Colombia Engineers without Borders Colombia 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Los AndesBogotaColombia
  2. 2.University of Exeter (2016)ExeterUK
  3. 3.Social Innovation Science ParkMinuto de Dios Corporate UniversityBogotaColombia
  4. 4.Engineering FacultyUniversity of los AndesBogotaColombia

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