Rural Entrepreneurship Course: February 2009

Independence ZA funded a rural entrepreneurship course run by Dr. Daan Torien, a specialist in rural community enterprise and micro-business. The course was focused on low technology, highly differentiated business, which is seen as the key to successful, sustainable enterprise in rural South Africa.

Eleven young South Africans as well our partner in Philippolis, The Good Work Foundation’s Kate Groch, attended the programme. After the course Kate said, “It was great. The group participated really well and grew before my eyes. Wonderful! I have even hired the services of one of the business ideas to give my two student groups (visiting from overseas) a "kasie" (township) experience in June.” Kate went on to say of the course attendees “Donaldson, who wants to open a restaurant, is starting with events until he fine tunes what he wants to offer, Joseph is running soccer and sport tournaments after his learnings and Tladi, who is a very talented artist is now painting a body of work so as to have an exhibition and start making a living off his talents.”

We plan to fund the programme again.

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All ears - the rural entrepreneurship course in full flow

Class in more relaxed mode during a break in the sun