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Sibusisiwe Economic Development

The economic development programs aim to address the holistic development of the individual: socially &  emotionally as well as the development of money and business management skills. We have run this "dual" program with a number of small groups within the more disadvantaged areas of the Western Cape. The primary goal of this program is to teach individuals with limited resources & skills, the basic principles of business and character skills in order to put them in a better position to provide for the basic needs of their families. This includes individuals who want to start their own business, but do not know how or where to start or those who have already started but are unsure how to develop it further.

Under the banner of Sibusisiwe Economic Development, we have joined
hands with organisations with a like minded vision and have had excellent

M.E.S. Cape Town is a community based Christian organisation that initiates and facilitates activities to empower people holistically to live independent, sustainable and meaningful lives. 6 out of the 10 learners passed the Business Matters course and were presented with certificates on 10 December 2010 at an awards ceremony in Bellville.

Shiloh's Synergy's aim is to bring lasting and positive change to our underprivileged communities. Like Sibusisiwe, they encourage self esteem and help people take charge of their potential. 7 students registered for our Business Matters course in Wallacedene. We are currently in negotiation/under tender with Shiloh and the local government for more training opportunities within this sector.

For the business and money management skills training, we are currently using the Business Matters Course under the auspices of Crown ministries together with Strong Message and the accredited Micro MBA program. The character skills portion of this program has been developed by Sibusisiwe and forms part of our Personal Mastery pillar. It focuses on the holistic development of the individual's social and emotional skills.

Pat Khumalo is our facilitator and being from the Khayelitsha community, she understands firsthand the underlying needs and the daily challenges the clients face. She has a teaching qualification and hence has the natural ability to translate unfamiliar concepts into practical tools and examples.

We started off with a grant from the Department of Social Development which enabled us to carry through 3 groups of students. However we are currently in desperate need of funding in order to continue the good work in those communities. Ideally we also want to extend and grow this project into other communities and take it to the prisons. We are looking at the possibility of having this course SETA approved.

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