Helping South African women lift themselves

out of poverty

A Hand Up,

Not A Hand Out

Phakamani Foundation addresses poverty and chronic unemployment in rural South Africa by helping people create their own livelihoods through micro-enterprise.

Women-Focused

Women-Focused

We partner with entrepreneurial women in rural South Africa who work hard to improve their lives and that of their children.

Community-Based

Community-Based

Our branches are located and staffed by the communities they serve.

100% Reinvested

100% Reinvested

When the loans are paid back, they are recycled to assist other entrepreneurs. Every donation is leveraged to help as many people as possible.

Responding

to the Dire Need

42

SURVIVE ON $2 A DAY

33

ADULTS ARE UNEMPLOYED
We respond to these alarming statistics by partnering with women who are motivated and capable of bringing change to their community.

Measuring Success

98

REPAYMENT RATE

33

WOMEN ENROLLED
When one woman is empowered to make her dream a reality and become more self-sufficient, she pulls others up with her. Repaid loans are reinvested back into the same communities time and again. Our approach ensures that funds, time, and energy invested into communities brings lasting impact to the entrepreneurs, their families, and their neighbors.

Client Success Stories

Hear from the women that have partnered with Phakamani to change their lives

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Lotty’s Story

Lotty Nkosi is a single mother with three children. She was initially afraid to take…

Annah’s Story

Annah Hlebeleya started sewing back in 1999 after a government training program empowered her with…

Nomvula’s Story

Nomvula is currently on her fourth loan cycle with us. She has used the capital,…

Driving Forward

Maria took out her first loan with¬†Phakamani¬†in the beginning of 2014. Since then she has…

Our success is quite small, it's just happened more than 150,000 times.

Mark TuckerFounder

The ongoing training we are able to provide is why these women succeed.

Rhoda Olsen

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