The idea of supporting enterprises quickly formed after the start of Keystone Foundation. From the marketing of honey and homestead products, this support led to the establishment of the Green Shops, Last Forest Enterprises and Aadhimalai Producer Company, whose continued efforts kept their businesses growing. Today, they provide a base for better livelihoods and a source of income for hundreds of people in indigenous communities.
Considering the desire for a holistic approach in all development activities undertaken by Keystone, enterprises form a crucial and integral role in the continued tradition of eco-development. Enterprises can integrate the realities of business management with needs of marginalized indigenous communities – and stand for quality, eco-friendliness, fair pricing and eliminating the existing exploitative trade by middlemen. Besides the direct work required for maintaining the enterprises, their integration with other projects of Keystone and keeping up with the emerging organics market in India is important as this life-sustaining sector continues to develop and expand.