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Personal mentoring and seed capital to nurture economic activity in informal settlements
SIYAYIJIKA is an informal settlement project that nurtures economic activity in some of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats.
We provide free enterprise development services to communities in Monwabisi Park, Lotus Park and The Heights in collaboration with the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) organization.
Our business coaches provide weekly coaching sessions to clients in communities in Monwabisi Park, Lotus Park and The Heights, aimed at transferring basic business skills to aspiring entrepreneurs and helping them grow sustainable businesses.
Since start-up capital is hard to find, the project functions around a seed funding competition that gives R10,000 cash prizes to ambitious youth trying to start or grow small businesses.
Some of our competition winners' stories
Neo Ngcaba | R10,000
Neo urgently needed to upgrade her computers as they were affecting her business' service delivery. With Siyayijika's help she replaced her computers, and added a printer.
As a result of diversifying her services and improving on quality, she is now earning 40% more profit each month.
In the future she hopes to move into more formal premises.
Unathi Vongwe | R10,000
Unathi started Monwabisi Park Farming in partnership with VPUU. He sells organically grown vegetables door to door within the informal settlement.
He used R10,000 seed capital from Siyayijika to upgrade his small holding and to purchase 200 young chicks, which he now nurtures, butchers and sells locally along with his vegetables.