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My business, my hope
Two young entrepreneurs accompanied the Sustainable Livelihoods Co-ordinator Elizabeth Arend to the annual USAID/PEPFAR conference in Pretoria on July 30-31, 2008.
The theme of the conference was how PEPFAR could enhance it's support and response to “Orphans and Vulnerable Children” (OVC). The OLIVE LEAF Foundation selected the two young women, Mbali Qaba and Yonela Lutu, to attend the meeting following their strong performance in OLF Vendor Model Project, which is currently being piloted in Cape Town.
The Vendor Model Project began with the support of USAID/PEPFAR, along with donations of cool drinks from Peninsula Beverages. Both young women have participated in the project since April 2008, when they began selling cool drinks at their schools. Alongside 16 other vendors who have learned to “own” their own vending business, they have spent the last several months completing business training, obtaining ID documents, opening bank accounts, and shadowing business students at the Raymond Ackerman Academy at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Qaba and Ms. Lutu gave a presentation to the conference delegates about their experience in the project, including the lessons they’ve learned and the challenges that they have faced. Other delegates from across the country expressed admiration for their determination and entrepreneurial spirit, and were anxious to know when the Cape Town pilot would be rolled out to other parts of South Africa.
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