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Grace and Paulina were introduced to Khulisa in 2012 and the sisters were surprised and impressed to find out that Khulisa did not only implement “usual social development programmes” but also had great ideas to address the issues that bothered them so much. Through a programme called “re-invent”, Khulisa taught 10 community women how to recycle materials into usable items for resale and Grace and Paulina became very committed participants. They were delighted that their economic situation improved as they finally had an income and could make a meaningful contribution to overcome environmental challenges in their community at the same time!

 

Today, Paulina and Grace experience joy by giving back to the community instead of living a life of continuous struggles. They get up very early every morning and work hard to find solutions to environmental problems and social challenges at the same time. They are especially happy that their project could also help young people to find employment
Find out how Khulisa helps young people to find a job or start an own business.

Paulina and Grace are sisters who have grown up in the same village and lived in Hammanskraal all their lives. They have a strong sense of belonging to the place they call “home” and the prosperity of all community members is very close to their heart. However, in their village, they face severe challenges that are so common to many areas in South Africa, such as unemployment, poverty and crime. But Paulina and Grace are also increasingly concerned about other problems that often seem insignificant and are ignored by most community members, such as environmental concerns, the severe consequences of illegal dumping or the unattended state of fields and gardens in their local community.

The approach of Khulisa is unique as we have always considered all challenges within a community and attempted to design interventions that address a variety of problems. Grace and Paulina were introduced to Khulisa in 2012 and the sisters were surprised and impressed to find out that Khulisa did not only implement “usual social development programmes” but also had great ideas to address the issues that bothered them so much. Through a programme called “re-invent”, Khulisa taught 10 community women how to recycle materials into usable items for resale and Grace and Paulina became very committed participants. They were delighted that their economic situation improved as they finally had an income and could make a meaningful contribution to overcome environmental challenges in their community at the same time!

They felt incredibly empowered and wanted to pass this on to the youth. When a local community crèche was built by Khulisa in collaboration with the Investec Bank ‘Touch By Giving’ project, Grace and Paulina were very involved and started to spend a lot of time at a community crèche . They also offered their skills to teenager attending the Ubuntu group that Khulisa organized at a local high school.

During the years Paulina and Grace have continued to make recycled items such as bags, traditional clothing, glasses and bead work and sold them within their community. Khulisa has built a close relationship with Paulina and Grace and the whole village and wished to implement more projects to uplift this very special local community. Of course, we didn’t think twice when a suitable opportunity came along: In 2013, Khulisa established a partnership with a University in the USA that had developed a silver nano particle clay water filter at a rural village in Limpopo. They invited members of the university to visit Hammanskraal and find possible ways to develop a similar concept in this area. Everyone was very excited about this opportunity and after correspondence, visits and an agreement the foundation phase of the project started and it was more than obvious that Grace and Paulina will take the lead in their community. They set off to Limpopo to visit the factory and understand the process of making the filters and they felt honoured to travel so far and come back with to bring a positive change to the place they still called “home”.

 

In 2013, Khulisa started to build a factory in Hammanskraal that successfully turned environmental challenges into opportunities for skills development and employment within the local community.

Khulisa co-operated with the local industry to create a specific target market for the products that will be manufactured in this factory. This will ensure that the products are feasible and the workers in the factory are paid adequately to maintain their families. At the moment, all individuals involved in this project work extra hard to finish the factory and come up with a design for the filter. Khulisa also trains the responsible people within the local community to make sure that this project will be run independently and leads to a sustainable improvement of the living conditions within the community.
The development of the factory will be complete by the end of year and machinery has been bought which includes a Hippo Hammermill, a Kiln and a sieve work table. Fenced off, the factory now has 2 toilet walls, a storeroom and working area which has been bricked up. Although the filter design is rudimentary a well renowned ceramist has been sourced to assist in the design of a filter that will service both an upmarket and local client base utilising original design with a plastic bucket that can be utilised by corporates as a marketing tool. The clay filter has up to now been put into a 20L plastic bucket with a tap so that the water can easily be tapped out once it has been cleaned by the filter.
The co-operation between Khulisa and all community members is very strong and incredibly promising. We have decided that our engagement in this community should not be finished with this project but we will work towards further developments. It was agreed that Khulisa will get a profit share after the initial cost of the factory has been repaid and this makes hope for great future interventions and positive developments within the community.

 

The Luphisi Micro Farming Project is another example for a successful intervention that used environmental challenges to create employment and a healthier life for all community members.

Three years go, a farming project was established in Luphisi, a rural village located 60km outside of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga with the generous funding of Duma Travel. Following extensive research on local needs, it became obvious that fresh fruit and vegetables are needed to improve the diet and consequently the health of local community members. Apart from that, everyone longed for a bigger variety of these delicious natural treats. Khulisa also identified several factors that could help to initiate a successful farming project such as motivated community members, easy access to land and farming technology ad well as the short distance to the local town.
Within a three year period 350 community members were trained on agricultural skills to plant vegetables and fruits that are distributed by individuals with exceptional entrepreneurial skills. This project ensured access to fresh fruit and vegetables for the entire community comprising approximately 1,800 members and a more balanced diet has improved their health dramatically. The project became so successful that the initial idea of subsistence farming turned into a business opportunity that generated a decent income for many workers and their families and consequently numerous households have benefited
Continuous analysis of enterprise opportunities have been identified with total buy-in from the local communities. This project holds immense possibilities for the owners of the land space as well as the local community members to generate an income within in their home village. Instead of migrating into the insecurities of big cities to make enough money to survive, young people can have a future perspective within their community.

 

 

Khulisa uses several tools to design interventions that change our communities:

The main aim of our work and any intervention offered by Khulisa is to bring a positive change in the community by designing specific and suitable interventions that include internationally-acclaimed best-practice programmes and engage all relevant stakeholders by building strong relationships.
Learn more about Khulisa’s unique approach to reinvent lives.
Working in various communities all over South Africa, Khulisa became increasingly aware of environmental concerns such as littering, illegal dumping, the degeneration of the local agriculture as well as a shortage of water or other resources. We decided to see opportunities in these challenges and designed interventions that use these problems to create employment, educated the youth and empower women to eventually uplift the community.

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Khulisa includes professional monitoring and evaluation in all projects to report back on the achievements and constantly improve all interventions.

A huge “Thank You” to all people that were involved in the intervention in Hammanskraal!