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The objective of this study was to study the role of Yala Biodiesel Community Enterprise in improving the quality of life of disabled people. The qualitative approach is used to collect data by in-depth interviews with Yala Bio-diesel Enterprise Chairman, employees, persons with disabilities serving on the enterprise committee, members and their family members. The total number of participants was 13. Data were also collected from relevant documents, papers or research and non-participant observation. The data were analyzed by classification, interpretation, and conclusions.The study found that group processes and activities play a role in promoting the quality of life of the disabled at the member, family and community levels. At the member level, they improve people’s education, income, health, ethics and communication. At the family level, they create more income, families with warmth and hygienic residences. At the community level, they improve the environment and create more participation of people in the community as well as more social space for the disabled.
The study offers the following recommendations. People with disabilities should be encouraged to have a career which will bring more income. There should be ways to manage income as group welfare, as well as to cooperate with other agencies and organizations for further sustainability.
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