South Africa – In December, 2014 GPA awarded Black Starz a $5000 grant. Black Starz created a business incubation program and contest serving 40 youth divided into 13 teams. Each team was charged with developing a sustainable business model to address a pressing social problem. The program along with local business leaders, mentored and guided youth during this process. Youth presented their concepts to a panel of judges and those promising enterprises were awarded funding and ongoing mentorship.
South Africa – TKD Tours offers tourism packages visiting historical places and museums in Soweto and Kliptown. With GPA funds, they were able to purchase 9 additional bicycles (they have 16 bikes total.) This has allowed them to expand their operations and hire 3 youth. They have entered into several partnerships with other local tour guides to strengthen their presence in the area and has fast become a premier tour provider for local hotels. The organization spearheads a charity drive to provide school uniforms for children in Kliptown.
In June, 2014 TKD Tours was awarded a second grant in the amount of $10,000 from GPA in order to expand business operations, develop a business plan and purchase a vehicle to transport tourists to tour sites. Additionally, the organization is receiving business mentoring and instruction from GPA partner, Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP). TEP will assist TKD Tours with developing a vision and plan expand/develop operations, run efficiently and leverage assets.