My Business, My Community responds to the specific needs of each community using the fundamental principles of micro-loans and professional support services to create a solid platform for future development and growth.

The best business start-up opportunities originate with community members who see an unfulfilled need. In one area, MAWO is funding the establishment of a furniture factory that will meet an unmet market demand for living room furniture. Orders were gathered before the factory even went into operation. Local partners immediately began to identify spin-off business opportunities. This entrepreneurial energy is contagious.


250 people participated in the Iziko Labahlai program

6 entrepreneurial businesses started directly out of the program

We have made an impact on 11 communities and over 3,500 people


Elias Patosi

"My Arms Wide Open motivated me on how I can work towards starting my own business and how to market it well. I learned you have to get up and start doing things for yourself if you want to better your life."

Lundi Rasmeni

Thank you Warren, I now have good karma and people find it easier to relate to me far better than before because of a genuine smile and greeting. Thank you for the workshop you facilitated in Cradock three years ago, it helped me get out of my cocoon. I now run a small business and employ in excess of 20 people. Thank you Warren and My Arms Wide Open.