My Business My Community

Throughout South Africa, poverty is preventing rural and urban communities from growing,
developing and making healthy progress. My Arms Wide Open works to reverse this trend
by providing young adults and women with training in entrepreneurial skills that will
benefit their communities. We use existing resources, supplemented by unavailable resources
and supported by training, education, funding and community-based mentors and coaches.

My Business, My Community responds to the specific needs of each community using the
fundamental principles of small business loans and professional support services to create
a solid platform for future development and growth. The needs of each community shape the types of enterprises that are established, ensuring sustainable demand.

Ariella Tilsen, Vital Edge Consulting

As our plane descended into Cape Town, I turned to look at Warren. His eyes were closed but I could tell he was tearing up. His hand was clutching his clothes over his heart, pressing hard against his chest. Then, when we went through passport control, the officer said to Warren, “Welcome home.” Tears flooded over Warren’s face. Through this welter of emotion, Warren said,
“I AM home. And it feel damn good to be home!”


SKILLS

My Business My Community provides opportunities for participants to learn:

  • Basic business management
  • Leadership skills
  • Networking and communications
  • Quality assurance and customer service
  • Marketing
  • Bartering for goods and services
  • Creating accountability
  • Transitioning from micro-enterprise to community
  • enterprise or enterprise
  • Business reporting requirements

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Micro-enterprise for urban and community gardening

  • Community kitchens
  • Bakery
  • Creches and after-school centres
  • Low Cost Private Schools
  • Seniors activity centres
  • Recycling and composting
  • Home building
  • Furniture making
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical services and repair

PARTNERSHIPS & COLLABORATIONS

Micro-enterprise for urban and community gardening

  • Manzimvula Ventures, Inc.®
  • The Sustainability Institute
  • Champions of the Environment Foundation
  • Vital Edge Consulting
  • Gardens in a Bottle
  • Furniture making
  • Techomes

Resources

Also see:

  • My World, My Garden – My World In A Garden®
  • My Family, My Community

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