Families moving from poverty to income security
We offer sustainable livelihoods & enterprise development assistance to all members of the families on our programme, from unemployed young adults to their parents. We mentor, train and support them in hospitality, agriculture, crafts, community-based business and finding jobs in the formal sector. Our monthly food parcel is a supportive intervention for six months, during which time we actively work with them in developing the necessary skills aimed at generating some income and improving the lives of their children. No single solution will suit everyone. At Love to Give, we adopt a three-pronged approach:
Many of the jobs available in Stellenbosch are either in the hospitality industry or in the farming sector, and in crèches in Kayamandi. We offer training in all of these fields to upskill people and to provide basic skills to younger people who wish to enter any of these three sectors.
Partnering with Elsenberg College our beneficiaries have access to short courses which allow them to add to their skill set and potentially extend the length of their seasonal jobs or get permanent work on the farms. The courses range from soil preparation to pruning and tractor maintenance.
In partnership with Amazink in Kayamandi, our beneficiaries are offered a two-week course that covers waiter training, food preparation training, barista training as well wine-service training. The students learn the theoretical side of service and then have an opportunity to practice their skills in the Amazink coffee shop and function venue. Twelve beneficiaries are trained each month.
In partnership with the Inceba Trust, Early Childhood Development (ECD) training for twenty crèche teachers is held at Love to Give, four afternoons a week. We have a vehicle which is equipped with training materials, toys and books. Every morning, the programme facilitator visits each crèche to deliver new materials and offer mentoring and support.
2. Job-Seeker Support
The cost of job seeking is prohibitive, particularly in impoverished areas. We offer a CV writing and printing service to all of our beneficiaries as well as their extended families. Additionally, we have laptops that can be used to do online job searches, job applications and study opportunities. Beneficiaries also have the opportunity to set up an email address and to store their CVs and supporting documents online so that they can apply for jobs easily and from anywhere.
3. Micro-Enterprise Development
We offer the Business for Life Course to our beneficiaries and other interested parties in Kayamandi. This course has a very good international track record, built-in monitoring and evaluation and emphasises the practical application of the skills learned in the course. The course consists of four modules with mentoring and supplementary exercises provided for a period of a year after the course is completed. Our grants and interest-free loans come with ongoing mentoring in order to ensure that the business owners are using their new business skills and address issues and difficulties that inevitably arise in every small business. We are currently supporting 56 small businesses and have another 10 in development.
We have a three-tiered programme for small businesses:
On the first tier, entrepreneurs can access a small grant to start their business.
Established entrepreneurs that have been in existence for a while can apply for capital in order to grow their enterprises.
Issues & difficulties
Our mentor assists and coaches people individually and at the monthly Saturday workshops at our centre.