Challenges we tackle
Our work in job creation intersects with several important themes. Find out more about each below
Poverty rates (below 3.10 USD/day) are extremely high (ranges from 60-98%) and components of multidimensional poverty (school dropout, poor health, food insecurity, unemployment) demonstrate highly vulnerable communities.
Lack of food security is widespread as a result of high unemployment and climate changes, such as unreliable rain patterns. The rural population, often dependent on agriculture as a source of income, is more vulnerable as there are less employment and job opportunities than in the urban areas. This makes some people resort in illegal sources of income such as prostitution, thefts and gold panning.
Limited Access to microfinance: Government institutions with low interest rates require collateral and independent microfinance institutions require no collateral but have high interest rates.
Cash liquidity is poor in general in the target areas, partly due to exchange rates and trades in South African Rand. This affects opportunities for start-up capital for small enterprises.
High levels of vulnerability and marginalisation are especially noted among women and people living with disability. These groups rarely own any assets which makes them more vulnerable to economic shocks. At the same time, women are predominantly the breadwinners in most programme districts and also bring up the children and take care of household work. Men are increasingly migrating to urban areas to find employment or are unemployed due to diminishing employment opportunities in the formal sector. Despite women being the breadwinners, uneducated women have limited power in decision-making both in the family and in the community and are often told what to do by men.
Lack knowledge and skills in business development and savings in smallholder households.
Weak market linkages and market development (limited access to markets & limited market growth)
Negative effects of climate change: The organization is promoting climate smart entrepreneurship through creation of green enterprises. Recognizing the severe threat of climate change and environmental degradation, we also work to promote sustainable and green enterprises. Our definition of a green enterprise relates to four main areas where we believe the key to long term sustainability lies:
1) small scale enterprises within the sectors of agriculture;
2) forestry and agroforestry;
3) renewable energy; and
4) waste management. We also aspire to contribute to a resilient and environmentally sustainable society. To do this, the organization works to create “green enterprises” – small scale enterprises that are adaptive and/or mitigative, improves the climate change resilience of the enterprise and increase the income generation of the entrepreneur. By extension, individuals employed in a green enterprise become holders of green jobs.