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Enterprise Development

This programme entails developmental activities aimed at enabling and promoting an empowering environment for emerging entrepreneurs, enhancing competitiveness and capabilities at an entrepreneurship level including Cooperative Development.

Akeela Foundation Enterprise Development is aimed at developing small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMES) in the Agriculture, Manufacturing and Commercial sectors. The portfolio support enterprises that will create permanent sustainable jobs. The goal is to develop rural, peri-urban and township communities to ensure they participate in the mainstream economy of South Africa.

The enterprise development sector is often seen as the panacea to South Africa’s job creation. But if this sector is to succeed in enhancing economic inclusion, serious attention must be paid to creating an enabling environment which supports emerging entrepreneurs.

Akeela Enterprise Development, believes that the key to success is to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, especially among the country’s youth.

Akeela Foundation has built an entrepreneurial culture. From our viewpoint, the foundation for a robust enterprise development sector is a strong entrepreneurial culture. Once this base has been established there is more chance that a successful enterprise will be established – which in will employ people – creating jobs. Job creation is therefore an outcome of successful enterprise development which requires a strong entrepreneurial foundation.

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    Many of our operations are in underdeveloped and developing economies where poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, environmental degradation and diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and COVID-19 are often endemic. Our coordinated thematic research in socio-economic assessment gives us an added advantage to identify and manage the operation’s social and economic effects. The thematic research involves; Profiling surrounding communities, Engaging with local interest groups to identify perceived impacts, Produce management plans, Publication of reports that provide the basis of the on-going relationships within the community, and finally Monitoring, and Evaluation.