Africa!Ignite contributes to broad-based BEE and poverty alleviation by providing training; support; design input; capacity-building, distribution and marketing services to a range of rural entrepreneurs.
We provide partners who want to support broad-based BEE with access and a clear line of sight to hundreds of rural entrepreneurs across KwaZulu-Natal. Partner can rest assured that they make a significant and measurable difference in rural areas where the needs are greatest, while improving their BEE and enterprise-development status.
Our enterprise development support cuts across all our different programme areas, craft enterprise development; craft tourism marketplaces (WOWZULU); Ithubalethu rural newspaper and other publishing; story-telling; youth development; as well as water, health and environmental programmes.
We have a strong rural enterprise development track record: Since 2008 we have paid about R14 million to rural entrepreneurs and in 2010 and 2011 we purchased products to the value of about R2 million from rural crafters.