The first quarter of 2020 started well in terms of our plans and focus on implementing productivity improvements in the field and the main office. We have hired new team members for some pivotal roles and continue to recruit as our outreach grows through new branches. The three branches opened in the Eastern Cape late 2019 continue to exceed our expectations in meeting the needs of a significant number of women in these communities.
We are sincerely grateful for the established relationships that Phakamani has with its funders for their continued support as we respond to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. We have remained close to our funders and trust that together we can mitigate the impact on the lives of women that we serve in poor rural communities.
Like many other parts of the world, South Africa is in lockdown. There is a sensitive balance between saving lives versus livelihoods where the latter can reach a level where lives are lost. We are mindful of this balance in the critical decisions that need to be taken currently. While the clients we serve are resilient, they remain vulnerable.
Our partners from the US and Australia had plans to visit in April, but unfortunately these plans have had to be postponed. We remain grateful for all that all our partners do for Phakamani.
Stay safe and God bless.
EXCITING UPDATES FROM THE FIELD
- Recruited and trained staff for the fourth Eastern Cape branch planned to open on 1 April (now delayed)
- Successfully piloted the use of psychometric tests in supporting our recruitment processes
- Our 3 – 5 year funding needs have been modelled and discussions with loans funders are at an advanced stage