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About Economic Development Focus Area

The Focus Area is all about “teaching a person to fish”. Our programmes and projects empower poor marginalised people, 75% of them women with the skills to either get a job or start a micro business. Our skills training programmes in Hospitality skills and home management  has an added value service to our beneficiaries in that we assist in finding employment through our placement service and we follow up with a mentoring service to ensure that they have settled into the job. We are also one of the organisations that train and empower refugees with economic skills to care for themselves.

Jobstart  April 2010 – Dec 2010

  1. Trained a total of 293 people. 210 or 71.6% were women, 88 or 29.7% were refugees
  2. 147 found jobs
  3. Cost of training one student. R5,500 equivalent (a ) $733 (b) €579
    (c )£491

Zanokhanyo Training Centre

  1. Trained 147 women
  2. 100 found Jobs
  3. Cost of training one student R7,100 equivalent of  (a) $937 (b) €747 (c) £633

We are fighting poverty in practical ways. For every 1 person that gets a job, there are six family members that benefit. We empowered 328 people with jobs, enabling them to take care for 1968 family members.

Du Noon Mushroom

This project is funded by The National Development Agency. Since its inception 18 people have been provided with a means to earn a living.

Brand New

This is an income generating project that creates beautiful artwork on bags, sandals, cushions and other sewing work.

The Shweshwe Dove Tea Room and Craft Shop

A unique project implemented at the beginning of 2010.  The shop combines an experience like no other, delicious and scrumpious light meals and the opportunity to buy the best hand made and unique crafts from amongst the women that CWD works with. We encourage you to have a scrumptious meal from the tea room.


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The Jobstart certificate ...

... gives unemployed township women the skills and confidence to suceed in the hospitality industry!

After graduation, students go on to work in the hospitality industry.

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