Selling raw materials into a global supply chain

Published: 14 November 2015
Last edited: 13 February 2018

We sell the raw materials into global supply chains, giving international brands opportunities to source premium products with positive social and environmental stories, giving fishing communities a more transparent and dependable price, and providing sustainable funding sources for local conservation and development actions. This ensures the sustainability of larger, more effective multi-habitat marine protected areas, and quality controls and standards can be maintained independent of external donors.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Sustainable financing
Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

VSLAs are a robust, globally-proven model, led by the communities themselves. The Net-Works team provides training and mentoring to communities on how to set up and run a VSLA. They also provide financial education to VSLA members.

Lessons learned

VSLAs operate most effectively by adhering to the proven methodology so it is important to follow the guidelines closely and share learnings between communities.