The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the South African economy. For township residents who are financially vulnerable, the pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on livelihoods, leading to widespread hunger and malnutrition.
Ikamva Labantu envisages that mass unemployment will grow and there will be few opportunities to find employment on the open market for our programme participants and their families.
Thus, our new programme, Ikamva Ventures was born from the need to maintain relevance in township communities through continued reflection, observation, and most importantly, listening to the voice of the community.
Over the years, Ikamva Labantu had the privilege to know many innovative and passionate individuals who are working to make substantive differences in their communities. Through their ingenious micro-businesses and social upliftment projects, proactively fighting poverty and raising the quality of life.
Ikamva Ventures aims to support these community change-makers by offering mentorship and resource provision for income generation and social development. The intended outcome is to build community resilience to financial crises and strengthening the social fabric while maintaining community ownership of projects.
It is hoped that through this targeted community-driven project, thriving small businesses and social upliftment organizations will be created in the first year.
Stay tuned to the Ikamva Labantu website and social media channels for news and updates on this exciting new venture.
(Picture by Photographer Sydelle Willow Smith)