Business enterprise – Made in Masi
– supporting entrepreneurs to create jobs and build businesses
Establishing a successful business can be tough at the best of times, so Masicorp’s support in this area focuses on the critical success factors.
Before supporting the launch of any new business in Masiphumelele, Masicorp need to feel confident about its potential. To do this, Masicorp stress test the thinking and business planning of each and every business that we support. Here, the experience and advice of local business professionals and experts in enterprise development is crucial and we rely on a network of volunteers to help “brainstorm and build” any business plan that comes our way.
Much of what exists in this arena at present relies on ad hoc workshops to train individuals in hard skills and business basics. This provides invaluable opportunities for learning, but a more tailored mentoring and partnership programme can provide the crucial longer-term support that new businesses desperately need. Masicorp are building a team of proven business professionals to volunteer their time and advice to the pool of businesses that we support. Each of the businesses below has a named mentor and they are encouraged to meet regularly for business catch-ups and strategic planning.
Without access to funding, many people’s dreams remain just dreams. Through Masicorp’s own fundraising initiatives, we are able to provide entrepreneurs interest-free start-up and development loans. In the future, Masicorp plans to help small businesses access state grants and loans.
Biyo Designs – Baby Shweshwe
Ndileka Biyo produces beautiful handmade fashion using Shweshwe, a printed dyed cotton fabric that is widely used in traditional South African clothing.Find Biyo Designs on Facebook
Nondyebo Art products
Nondyebo sells designer linens to local customers and over the internet. Business has been so good for Nondeyebo that she has been able to open a stall in the Blue Shed at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.more
Nonny's Bakery and Café
Nonny is one of our newest entrepreneurs. She opened Masi’s very first artisan bakery and cafe at the end of 2012. Amongst her many talents: - she creates the most amazing birthday cakes! more
The Sewing Café
The Sewing Café has a dual purpose: it provides training for Masiphumelele residents, and it sells the products made by its students and ex-students. Sewing Café sales have included school uniforms for Ukhanyo School students, paid for by funds from Masicorp donors.
The Sewing Café training course, for 11-12 adult learners, lasts for six months. Each morning the students are tutored to improve their English language skills and learn basic computing skills. After lunch, there are practical sessions on sewing and tailoring. This year there were eleven women in the first six-monthly intake. Only one of them had completed matric, and not a single learner had ever used a computer before the course started. The course really is a life changing experience for everyone who can attend. more