Continuing to celebrate the woman of Phakamani
We love receiving quarterly updates from our friends at the Phakamani Foundation. Our recent update was extremely special as the entire world is impacted by COVID-19 and women-owned businesses in South Africa are no exception. Like small businesses around the world, these women are facing new challenges as their operations have been greatly impacted due to stay at home orders in their country. These women rise to challenges and inspire us every day to put ourselves in the service of others. The Jacobs team remains committed in supporting the foundation as the Phakamani Foundation looks toward the future. Personal stories from the field show us the resilience and strength each woman has gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Here are a couple highlights of how the Phakamani Foundation has made a difference in the first part of 2020.
Sesane works 7 days a week from 6AM to 7PM supporting a family of 3. Her mother was ill and needed loans and support to maintain her business. She buys produce at local markets and takes a taxi back to her store.
Nompumeleo has a shop with sodas, cleaning products, and car wash products. She works long hours 7 days a week supporting her family of 4 and her parents. With her loan, she is able to provide for her family and help her neighbors.
The Phakamani Foundation empowers women to succeed at micro-enterprise. Their training, group loans, and on-going support lead to family income, savings, and hope for the next generation.