OUR AIM: To create opportunities for people to find employment, develop businesses and further their careers so as to earn a decent income and provide for their families.
BUISINESS FORUMS: Community members gather weekly at our business forum in KwaDabeka, Mariannridge, Addington and Noodsberg to learn how to run a business, or grow the businesses they already have. We have about 500 people who have attended these forums, averaging 80 each week.
We use the Paradigm Shift Curriculum for basic business training, after completing the course group members continue to meet weekly for networking and ongoing inspiration and training. Training topics include: registering a business, marketing successfully, submitting tenders, managing cash flow etc. When we started the first forum we discovered that majority of people running these small businesses did not even have a basic concept of how to calculate profit, manage cash flow or develop a business plan. Participants are also mentored through important steps, and several of the businesses we are working with have grown substantially as a result of the input and support through these forums.
AGRICULTURE: Small-scale farming / gardening projects in Cato Manor, Noodsberg and Chibini are helping people to grow enough food for themselves and create extra income for the families. We have provided training, equipment and ongoing support for local people who have taught others in the community the skills learned.