Combat GBV: Be the light


For the past 23 years, Khulisa Social Solutions has been focused on reinventing lives in marginalised communities in South Africa.

This year, in acknowledging the shocking high rates of violence in our communities, and to coincide with the start of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, Khulisa is launching a candle-making initiative for people who have experienced gender-based violence.

Candle making has been identified as an income-generating enterprise option for small and start up entrepreneurs in marginalised communities. Candles are a major source of light, have a number of aesthetic purposes and candle making can also provide health and mental benefits too.

“A value-add to the Khulisa candle-making initiative is that participants will receive emotional and psychological support through dialogue circles and support groups,” explained Lesley Ann van Selm, Managing Director of Khulisa Social Solutions.

Investors, volunteers and partners are now able to contribute to the establishment of candle-making enterprise groups in all CoO geographic areas which aims to address:

  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Expressive arts and design;
  • Training in entrepreneurship business development; and
  • The need for master trainers.

“There are 12 support groups for victims of atrocious violence already underway and running in 16 communities in 7 provinces,” added Van Selm.

After the initial start-up costs, it is envisaged that the projects will be able to sell their products and cover their own costs.

Khulisa’s framework of experiential exposure, mentorship, sustainability and measuring social return of investment will be deployed in the candle-making enterprises.

The supporters of this project will be able to know exactly how and where their investment is being used, and how their support is tangibly helping their chosen community.

Through Khulisa’s proprietary technology platform – that monitors and tracks project impact – donors can receive regular and detailed feedback on key indicators, including job creation.

An 18A certificate will be issued for all financial contributions, either personal or corporate.

For more information contact Lesley Ann van Selm at or donate via the Khulisa website

Communities of Opportunity Candle-making

December 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on Communities of Opportunity Candle-making

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