Social entrepreneurship and community development: The case of the Centre of Faith, Universitas, Bloemfontein

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Pringle, Lianda
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University of the Free State
A case study about the Centre of Faith, Universitas, Bloemfontein, represents a scenario where social entrepreneurship allows the Centre to develop the community. The research focuses on what the volunteers contribute to assisting community development through the social entrepreneurship approach and strategies the volunteers use to cultivate community development. By examining what defines volunteering, social entrepreneurship, and community development, the researcher highlights the relationship between the three aspects and how these aspects play a role in the South African context. The research project was based on a qualitative case study. Data was collected through individual interviews, then using thematical analysing to interpret the data. The research ends by discussing the limitations and concludes with the three aspects of the study: social entrepreneurship, community, and volunteering. The investigation ultimately indicates the relationship between these three aspects and their interaction; how the three aspects work together, depend on one another, and interlock between the three aspects. The Centre of Faith indicated that relationships or connections between the community and development projects are necessary. The case study signified the importance of social networks among communities, social enterprises, and the project organiser. Thus, sharing knowledge and resources is essential to ensure community development.
Dissertation (MDS (Development Studies))--University of the Free State, 2022