What's your idea
Siyayijika is a project developed in partnership with VPUU.The project is a contest limited to two areas: Lotus Park and Monwabisi Park.
The aim is to give out hundreds of thousands of rands to ambitious youth trying to start or grow a small business. No experience necessary.
Almost no strings attached. Beginning in November 2015, the project has disbursed R130,000 directly into enterpreneurs' businesses,
with an average increase in committed participants' incomes of 20% after 6 months
Sizwe Hiliza | R5,000
Sizwe owns and operates a shoe repair workshop in Monwabisi Park. He pitched for new machinery that would help him work more efficiently.
He now fits and repairs more shoes per day, increasing his income by 30%. He is now considering selling soccer boots as a new revenue stream.
Neo Ngcaba | R10,000
Neo urgently needed to upgrade her computers as they were affecting her business' service delivery.
With the help of Siyayijika 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 the Siyayijika program to upgrade his small holding and to purchase 200 young chicks, which he now nurtures, butchers and sells locally along with his vegetables,