FUNDED PROJECTS - Enterprise Development

Hand in Hand Southern Africa
Job Creation through Enterprise Development
Funding window: Enterprise Development
Project Partners Location Funding
Hand in Hand Sweden,
Hand in Hand International,
Norwegian Agency for
Development Corporation, SMME’s.
Offices in Gauteng, implementation in North West, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.
HIH Sweden R 1 200 000
Norwegian Agency for
Development Corporation
R 1 600 000
HIH International R 1 700 000
HIH SA R 400 000
Jobs Fund R 22 439 000
Project Challenge
Hand in Hand Southern Africa (HiH SA) alleviates poverty through job creation among the underprivileged, with a focus on capacity building and empowerment. Established in 2008, HiH SA is headquartered in Johannesburg and has a presence in Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, employing more than 220 individuals across the four countries. It has plans to expand into five other Southern African countries.

HiH SA has partnered with the Jobs Fund since 2013, having successfully applied through the fund’s enterprise development window. Focusing on the high numbers of unemployed women and youth, HiH SA has developed a self-help group enterprise development programme - a model adapted from sister organisation HiH India, which has created 1.2 million jobs in southern India over the past decade.

This initiative introduces an innovative approach to entrepreneurship in the informal sector combining three aspects key to enterprise development: micro credit, enterprise development facilitation, and capacity building. It helps enterprises to grow and form market linkages, and it facilitates the mentorship and coaching between the formal and informal sectors that will generate jobs and economic growth.

“Partnering with the government’s Jobs Fund programme has enabled Hand in Hand SA to create close to 4000 jobs in under 2 years through over 1200 enterprises and is well on track to achieving its target of 6000 sustainable jobs by 2016. These interventions are laudable for their impact in lifting South Africa’s poor from poverty in a sustainable way”, said Sazini Mojapelo, Chief Executive Officer, Hand in Hand SA.

Expected Project Impact
A total of 3816 permanent jobs had been created as of December 2014 and 4005 individual training contact sessions conducted. HiH SA received a R22 million grant from the Jobs Fund, which they matched with R4.9 million.