The Angus Gillis Foundation works in the Kwa Pontak and Kwa Doli villages located within Kwandwe Game Reserve in rural Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province. The basis of it's work with impoverished rural communities is creating community based Self-Help Groups. In building community capacity to organize and create economic livelihoods, the positive effects have been widespread.
With the inauguration of a new Community Center, Self-Help Groups and Handi-craft groups have seen increased interest from larger retailers in selling dolls, t-shirts, storybooks and other products. Beyond economic growth, the communities (over 800 people) have increased opportunities to make their voices heard, had access to workshops on development and personal growth, community organizing, and capacity building. In turn, participants are empowered to create their own initiatives. One group even established a catering company that has catered for events, now, of over 500 people!
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