African Comedy Collective: using comedy to create online content for local entrepreneurs

In 2019, GPA proudly supported the Collective with a $5000 grant to purchase AV equipment. This organization uses their immense comedic talents to produce short videos for social entrepreneurs to post on social media. Additionally, they host monthly networking meetings for young entrepreneurs to learn from each other. In 2020 GPA provided additional funding due to the COVID pandemic that supported them as they transitioned community networking events to an online platform.

a networking event

part of the ACCA team

Sobae: producing amazing sorbet and juices from perfectly ripe fruit

In 2020, GPA was pleased to support Sobae with a $3600 grant. This organization uses “perfectly ripe” fruit that is sold by vendors in the community to make delicious and healthy sorbets and juices. GPA funding allowed them to move from a push cart to a store. GPA provided additional funding ($3300) during the COVID crisis to support their needs as they move to a virtual community

Sobae Leadership

The new store!                         

A visit from Duchess Meghan

Lockshin Pizza: Supporting the community through pizza

GPA was pleased to offer a first grant for $3300 to support Lockshin Pizza, a shop that provides a safe place for youth to gather and do homework after school. The youth first do their homework, then learn how to operate a pizza parlor. GPA funding was provided to help the organization purchase necessary equipment and commercial kitchen supplies. In 2020 GPA provided special COVID related grant funding in the amount of  $7500 to assist the organization as they re-tool to provide much-needed bread to the community during the pandemic.

The Lockshin Pizza Team

Ubunchule Bezandla: women learning traditional beading and modern entrepreneurship

In May, 2019 GPA provided a $3500 grant to support instruction in traditional beading arts and entrepreneurship education for women in South Africa. Nine women were trained and now operate their own businesses. Additionally, the organization improved it’s social media and marketing plans and began to sell their wares to a larger audience.

women participating in beading instruction   

some of their amazing work

Nkosi Vogt: Agribusiness in South Africa

In June, 2018 GPA made a $5000 grant to Nkosi Vogt to teach youth how to develop and manage an organic pig farm. The project not only supported youth entrepreneurship but, address severe food insecurity in the region.

One participant stated, “I have a daughter and I am a single mom. I was working with my dad in the construction industry when our business fell apart. I decided to try something and approached Nkosi Vogt about their piggery. Upon starting, I was given a female piglet, they grow up fast and soon it will be ready to breed. I have appreciated learning this trade. We have found a butchery to distribute our porkers to….”

Black Starz: Business incubation competition for youth

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.

Black Starz youth participants receiving their awards

Miyela: Youth learned to become bakers, proceeds supported literacy programs for underserved schoolchildren.

South Africa – GPA funding was used to implement “Lick the Spoon” — a catering company which will employ youth and teach them a variety of entrepreneurial skills.

Funds from baked goods were used to implement tutoring and mentorship programs for under served, school-aged youth, implement the national youth spelling bee and provide teaching aids. The group also started a drama club, book club and library and runs a political discourse program for youth.

In February, 2014 GPA provided a supplemental grant in the amount of $500 to assist Miyela leadership with the development of a detailed business plan to promote long-term sustainability of the organization and it’s programs.

Remember Us Care Center/Navela: Job skills workshops for youth affected by HIV/AIDS

Remember Us Care Center/Navela

South Africa – Remember Us Care Center/Navela works to assist youth and community members affected by HIV/AIDS.  They provide guidance, nutritional awareness education, training and home nursing skills, and job skills workshops.  Remember Us Care Center/Navela advocates for victims of sexual violence through the use of support groups and counseling.
Grants

  • February 2009 – GPA is partnering with Navela to provide services to youth affected by HIV/AIDS.  The youth will be growing vegetable gardens and learning to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their family.

TKD Tours: Youth-owned business providing bicycle tours of Soweto

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 van 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.

Grassroot Soccer: Teaching youth life skills through soccer

www.grassrootsoccer.org

South Africa – Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a South African based, not for profit organization. Its mission is to use the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS by providing African youth with the knowledge, skills, and support to remain HIV free.  Founded by former professional soccer players in 2002, GRS trains African soccer stars, soccer coaches, teachers, and young peer educators in the worlds most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention curriculum to youth. GRS focus its efforts in delivering an innovative education program to and by youth. The curriculum focuses on building basic life skills that help young people, to adopt healthy behaviors and live risk-free. Through a series of interactive games, activities, and discussions students gain a tangible understanding of core messages related to HIV/AIDS and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behavior change.

Key topics in the GRS curriculum include healthy decision-making, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, addressing gender issues, and assessing values. After having completed the curriculum the students graduate with a ceremony. GRS graduates are also given tools such as Extra Time Magazine, which is a unique communications tool that includes messages and interviews with many of the Worlds top soccer stars. It also reviews the topics covered in the GRS curriculum and provides a tool for the graduates to serve as peer educators by sharing their knowledge with the community at large.

Grants

  • July 2008 – $5,000 for Grassroot Soccer program in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  GPA was interested in becoming a funder of GRS so we might benefit from the excellent learning approach of this well-designed and evaluated program. Our African advisors also thought the program might be usefully extended to other countries where we make grants.