A total of 368 enterprises out of a target of 300 were supported with a majority being Family Based Enterprises (FBE) and some upscaled.

A total of 400 SHGs were enlisted for support and 3325 beneficiaries trained on "Establishing your Business" exceeding the 2000 people target.


This was a three year project funded by NORAD to foster

  • Knowledge transfer between India and South Africa

  • Poverty reduction

  • Gender equality and women's economic empowerment

  • Creation of jobs through entrepreneurship and self-employment

The project was implemented in KZN and LP with a focus on 

1) Establishing a service provider network for women entrepreneurs, where Hand in Hand functions as the coordinating hub;

2) Developing a transferable and scalable women entrepreneurship training methodology anchored on "Growing your business"; and

3) Improving women entrepreneurs' income-generating capacity, productivity, competitiveness, and market access.


Hand in Hand Southern Africa started implementing the "Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Project - Knowledge Transfer South - South" project with funding from NORAD.

The project, whose implementation started in February 2010 to October 2012 was implemented in Limpopo and Kwa-Zulu Natal. The project was in line with Hand in Hand's regular operations and followed the same logic and principles as the job and enterprise creation programme. This particular project built on three iterative processes:

  • Process 1: Establishing institutional and organisational setup, including internal management arrangements and external service providers.
  • Process 2: Development of the Hand in Hand women empowerment and entrepreneurship Model.
  • Process 3: Empowering and creating access to business support and microfinance services for women entrepreneurs

The project approach was in line with NORAD's thematic focus. The project focused on women and gender equity, and private sector development. It sought to equalise existing gender imbalances in enterprise development through approaches and activities aimed specifically at women. The methodology employed in the implementation of this approach was highly consultative, best described as an iterative learning process between India and South Africa.
By close of the project, the project has established and identified over 360 family based enterprises and facilitated for them to grow their enterprises to become sustainable businesses that have one to five employees. Other than economic here were other income generation, job creation and competence building 

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