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Jobs fund supports HIH to reach 6000 entrepreneurs between March 2013 and March 2016.

The ‘Job Creation trough enterprise Development’ programme was a project funded by Jobs Fund, housed in the National Treasury. It was implemented from March 2013 and came to an end in March 2016. The programme was implemented in the communities of Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces. The project was premised on the need to create sustainable income generating activities, through addressing four major challenges facing many small scale enterprises. These include access to resources, markets, skills and equipment. The programme viewed poverty alleviation from a progressive perspective involving a series of successive stages commencing with, family based enterprises maturing to micro-enterprises, before graduating to the small-medium enterprise stages. The critical elements of the programme that were put into place to achieve the desired goal were capacity building, making savings, enterprise creation and linkages to credit and markets.

By the end of programme in March 2016, the programme has been able to achieve the following:

  • Create 6,103 permanent jobs against the project target of 6,000 jobs.
  • Trained 6,561 beneficiaries against the project target of 6, 000 in business skills training that we believe empowers the entrepreneurs and importantly equips them with skills that grow their businesses to higher levels.
  • Collaborated with a number of stakeholders from government, civil society and private sector to come on board and offer technical skills, provide advice, and provide access to finance or markets to ensure that our mission of jobs creation is realised.
  • Engaged in continuous coaching and mentoring to ensure that the skills acquired during training were implemented on the ground.