We are committed to seeing an end to extreme poverty in the communities we work in and our on ground experience has given us great insight into what works and what doesn’t.
By focusing on the following five strategies we have the best chance of achieving this goal.
Education is a key component to any building capacity development program. A transfer of knowledge and skills through teaching, workshops, and trainings is the main starting point from any change to occur. Our team work with the individuals and communities current skills and knowledge, assessing any potential for us to expand these and further develop to create a small business enterprise. We then expand on these and apply further trainings whether it from agriculture or tailoring.
Empowerment is essential for the success of our program. Each aspirant is placed with a mentor who can coach, counsel and provide mental strength for when time gets tough. Our empowerment strategy is structured around realistic goal setting, keeping each aspirant accountable and on track.
Our Impact goes further than education and empowerment, we need to know our strategy is sustainable and each small business enterprise (SBE) is operating in line with its objectives. Implementing a results based management system we continue evaluating and monitoring we can ensure a high success rate with each SBE. We asses the overall impact to a community prior to engaging in any work, doing a theory of change contextual analysis we can establish a positive outcome leading to a positive and sustainable impact.
Independence happens when we are able to move rural African communities from a place of need and poverty to a place of sustainable independence without the assistance of foreign aid. This is the outcome we work towards for each community we work with. There is dignity in labor, and hand outs are not the way forward.
Our exit strategy is where we can assess if we achieved our objectives. It consists of creating community savings groups in each of the communities we work with. Cultivating a mindset around money management from step one. By further education in community savings projects we allow ourselves a way out of the community.
To create independence in communities who have been living in poverty will never be an overnight job, but its our aims that we can accomplish this every time, no matter how long it.
Why grants not loans?
Up and coming entrepreneurs need capital for 3 reasons:
- Low income return. Most of our recipients are low income earners, sometimes making less than $1 a day. They are making all their decision within this income level. A loan wouldn’t work due to the fear of never being able to repay it back. We keep our recipients accountable through our mentoring program each person participates in.
- Environmental. Geography’s in which our recipients work can be rife with corruption, poor infrastructure and lack of accessible education. By eliminating these factors we give our hope for the future.
- Creation of Markets. Our recipients are known for creating their own markets based on new innovations they come across- such as water in their village. We leverage the knowledge and skills that are based in the recipients own village or culture.
An entrprise system that offers grants is on that allows us to reach low income earners in a sustainable way.
We implement our 5 step strategy for each project we engage with, along with doing contextual analysis of the potential outcomes and impacts from both a positive and negative point of view. This keeps us ethical and accountable in our practise of elevating extreme poverty in the communities we work in and gives us the best chance of achieving this objective.
Eliminate extreme poverty to alleviate suffering to those affected by it, maintaining human rights and dignity. Providing measurable aid in the form of matter or logistics.
Offering humanitarian aid volunteering opportunities to those who possess the relevant skillset required to assist us with our goals in our community development programs.
Working with the communities and not for them. Giving community members the chance to address their own issues addressing poverty by utilising the skillset and knowledge they already have, leveraging it into a enterprise opportunity.