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Small business development:

report and pictures by Alex Lamie: June 2010


The Siyaphambile Project is located in the town of Lamontville, just south of Durban.  With a 13:1 ratio of women to men, the group, taught by James Kweyama from Operation Upgrade, learns about starting and “growing” small businesses.

After the day started with singing and a prayer, the group listened to the teacher as he talked to them in Zulu.  He began showing them the outline of what each business would need. The group then split into smaller groups, combining both the faster and slower learners, so that they could spread and share each other’s knowledge and ideas. The groups were each given a mock business to discuss. James then talked about how the business owns the income, not the individual people.

The next part of the lesson focused on how the income goes to three places -- profit, business operator, and supply. With this outline, the group learned to keep only what they needed to pay mandatory bills, to pay for restocking of what they were selling, and, lastly, to save for the growth of their businesses.

This was all demonstrated when one person from each group got up and showed how they would make money and how they would use it. Using this “group scenario,” the learners learned the value of working together and how that can expand their knowledge.



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