The Siyazisiza Trust

Our Services

 

Projects

Food Production


Project participants receive training in the following:

  • all aspects of the establishment of committees and co-operatives if required (the latter requires the outsourcing of a co-operatives expert)
  • financial literacy, including record keeping (income and expenditure), banking, savings, etc.
  • bulk buying
  • principles of marketing
  • awareness of soil erosion
  • market linkage and access (a new model currently being piloted, is intended to
    result in the establishment of community owned and managed enterprises which
    will, over time handle all aspects of managing a business including marketing,
    shipping, input and output transport, financial management and administration).
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  • chosen enterprise training e.g. vegetable, crop, poultry, fruit, net wire, candle production and sewing. AgriPlanner and AgriBest, training tools developed by the South African Institute for Entrepreneurship, are utilized.

The Trust provides start-up equipment and materials (including the first 3 batches of 500 day old chicks and feed in the case of poultry production units and fencing, irrigation, garden tools, seedling, etc., in the case of community vegetable gardens).


Thereafter the beneficiary group is responsible for the purchase of further supplies from sales of produce. All labour required in every project is supplied by the beneficiaries – unless specialized expertise is needed. Small business skill training includes the need to put aside a percentage of profits for further inputs.


Transport is a major challenge in the areas in which we work. (An initiative in this regard is underway).


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Craft Production


Activities and services are ongoing and simultaneous:


Training in the following:

  • election of committees and drawing up constitutions
  • business skills (opening and managing bank accounts, record keeping, etc)
  • quality control
  • pricing

Ensuring fair trade

In assisting the rural crafters developing entrepreneurial skills, pricing is constantly discussed. The Khumbulani Collection – a division of the Siyazisiza Trust works very closely with all the crafters when prices are negotiated and reviewed annually. read more


Marketing

Because the craft workers on whose behalf we operate live in the most remote of rural areas, they have limited, if any, access to markets. However, a new model currently being piloted, is intended to result in the establishment of community owned and managed enterprises which will, over time handle all aspects of managing a business including marketing, shipping, input and output transport, financial management and administration.


Product development

New products designs are generally based on, but not confined to, traditional skills and artifacts, and are developed annually. Product development is market-driven and in this regard, consultations are held with selected buyers with the view of understanding their requirements.


Environmental responsibility

Khumbulani Collection – a division of the Siyazisiza Trust endeavours to be as environmentally responsible as possible in all of our activities and a number of initiatives have been implemented since our establishment. read more


Transport

Transport is currently supplied by Khumbulani as craft workers live, for the most part, where there is limited, if any, access to transport. Khumbulani’s field trainers take the orders to the craft workers, together with materials (such as beads, ilala and so on) and bring the finished goods to Johannesburg for cataloguing, packing and distribution.


Transport is a major challenge in the areas in which we work. (An initiative in this regard is underway).


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Our Producers


The Trust supports and assists marginalized and vulnerable rural communities which are characterized by lack of resources, poor access to quality education and insufficient or lack of infrastructure including small scale, subsistence and emerging farmers and crafters. All are historically disadvantaged and most are women.


Currently producers comprise:

  • 2 941 direct participants of which 370 are crafters (2012)
  • 23 528 direct and indirect participants (2012)