Why Enterprise Development?
- The country’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 26.7% over the first quarter of 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the quarterly labour force survey released by Statistics South Africa
- The expanded unemployment rate, which includes people who did not have jobs but, were not actively looking is 36.3%
- Employment opportunities within the rural and most fragile communities are virtually non-existent
- Lack of education
- Lack of local investment
- Distance from industrial and business hubs
- Distance from and access to markets
- We work with communities to identify potential areas of economic development that can contribute to increased employment and income in needy communities
- Development of local ‘Commercial Village’ concept
- Financial capacity building for communities (Mbashe ADP)
- Food garden development in schools, at homes, and within the community have an impact on the health profiles of the children and on their attendance at school as well as reducing the load on household expenses
- Local Value Chain development – Value Chain Development is a business management concept. The concept of the value chain is applied strictly to business. The value chain approach is used to both promote economic growth as well as reduce poverty. This is done by intervening in value chains in which a large number of poor households and youth are presently involved or can be involved in the future
- Empowered Word View – Understanding and acknowledging that we are created in the image of God, and are invited to participate in what God is doing in the world, using our God given gifts and resources for the good of others. This is a transforming tool/approach for unlocking potential and utilising locally available resources (people & assets) to spur change for improved child well-being in every community
- Village Savings
- Savings Groups are a promotion model rather than a provision model – cost effective and earnings retention
- Fits with community based and food security programs empowering community/farmer groups
- Fits with poor contexts, high levels of subsistence and HIV/AIDS
- Savings Groups provides the basis for developing economic capacity in very poor communities
- Enterprise Development addresses the root causes through a multi-faceted approach that looks at increased income, improving food security, resilience and livelihoods. Households are empowered to own their business initiatives, create employment for each other linked to the market and all partners through value chains and saving groups and have access to micro finance opportunities.
- Food security addresses issues of agricultural production, crop and livestock production in partnership with different entities who have the same objectives of graduating the household farmers and small businesses. Farmers and SMMEs have access to government initiatives and support. Farmers are supported with improved technology, introduction to drought resistant crops, linkages to market information, linkages to extension services and training in conservation agriculture that will help to avoid environmental degradation.