Support ethical tourism in South Africa

by Angus Gillis Foundation
"Nobuhle" Line of Handmade Soaps
"Nobuhle" Line of Handmade Soaps

In the Eastern Cape, a group of entrepreneurial women have successfully designed and produced a line of handmade luxury soaps. These “Nobuhle” soaps (the name means “beautiful” in Xhosa) are the newest products created by the Glenmore self-help group supported by the Angus Gillis Foundation. The Glenmore community borders the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and the women successfully marketed their soaps to this luxury resort who have agreed to buy the soaps for their guests. The partnership between the Glenmore group and the game reserve will help the group establish their reputation and continue to expand their business into new markets in the near future.

The Angus Gillis Foundation has successfully supported the creation of a number of new self-help groups, all of which have developed innovative income-generating projects and built self-sufficiency in the communities of the Kwandwe Game Reserve.

Your support helps start new self-help groups. These groups grow both financial and social capital and  as their savings pool increases, the members work together to establish a new business. These new businesses are important sources of income-generation, but are also equally powerful in how they showcase local talent and creativity. New self-help groups receive mentorship and training from “Community Champions” who themselves have received training in advanced leadership skills as members of existing self-help groups.

Thanks to your donation, this powerful model of grassroots poverty-alleviation is spreading and is making possible new economic opportunities in communities that have traditionally been “on the outskirts” of economic development. Thank you for your most needed continued support.

Crafts Produced by Self-Help Groups
Crafts Produced by Self-Help Groups

Thanks to your donations Angus Gillis Foundation has been able to accomplish a lot towards developing income-generating projects and building self-sufficiency in the communities of the Kwandwe Game Reserve.  Their recent report is chock-full of many accomplishments, including:

  • Facilitated training workshops for 87 women, developing knowledge, skills and confidence in basic early childhood development and care, family health, hygiene, nutrition and children’s rights as well as how to make toys and equipment for the tourism center.
  • Trained and mentored six locally-based Community Champions and nine Positive Health Champions who are driving the process of development in their communities and leading by example to establish new initiatives,
    engage with local government, lobby for services and tackle community issues.
  • Worked closely with self-help groups to facilitate the expansion of their economic opportunities. Groups were able to launch two broiler chicken projects in Glenmore, a goat project in Ndwayana and the beginnings of a seedling nursery in Ndlambe.

Thank you again for your generous contributions to this project! The support you provided is building self-sufficient communities and providing new opportunities for families, communities and the generations to come.

Who Needs Toys R Us?
Who Needs Toys R Us?

Angus Gillis is doing great things within the communities of Ndlambe, South Africa!

The women’s Siyakhula Doll Group has had amazing success in completing their biggest order ever – 200 dolls for the HCI Foundation in Cape Town. There has been a marked improvement in the quality and consistency of their dolls and the group has also taken the admirable decision to contribute a small amount of their monthly profits to the running costs of the Mgcamabele Community Centre where they are based.

Self-help groups like this one are supported by Angus Gillis and participants attend multiple seminars and workshops on craft-work, business development, and personal development. Besides Community Self-Help groups, Angus Gillis introduces sustainable economic projects that increase the ability of communities to support themselves and their children. Projects like these create a rich marketplace for the surrounding area and increases outside interest for products, bringing much needed economic benefit.

Thank you for contributing to the sustainable growth of community groups and economic development in Ndlambe!

Unlocking Potential of People to Drive Their Own Development

The Angus Gillis Foundation is working with emergent leadership that has been identified through the Self-Help Groups (SHG) process. Understanding that the community is an intricate system and that development already exists in a community, AGF recognizes its role to accelerate the process by unlocking the potential of people to drive their own development.

Self-Help Groups play a crucial role in the process of shifting communities from poor health and hopelessness to increased power, well-being and self sufficiency. Thank you for investing in this important work!

National Self Help Group of the Year

Because AGF has had much success with initiating SHG’s in rural South Africa, Sinamandla (a National Organization) has recognized the Masivuye Woman’s group in the rural village of Glenmore, South Africa by awarding them the National Self Help Group (SHG of the Year!

This group was established with the help of the Angus Gillis Foundation and has done well in a number of areas, e.g. building up their funds by saving weekly and then establishing a productive food garden.

The judges were particularly impressed by the groups’ commitment and service to children.  Earlier this year they established a successful "Safe Park" that runs daily for children to have a safe, educational place to play and learn.

 Moreover, sixteen women have been trained in Early Childhood Development by the AGF and run a stimulating program for 42 young children daily, giving more opportunities to develop and grow.

This successful work is made possible through your generous donations - thank you!

Every single donation helps AGF fulfill its mission to further promote more outstanding Self-Help Groups in rural communities such as Glenmore!

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!

The effects of the Pro Poor Tourism campaign are growing and are making a huge positive impact. Thank you for your support of the this project. Your donation goes a long way to fund the infrastructure that makes it possible to reach so many people.


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Angus Gillis Foundation

Location: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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