Okwethu Self-Help group | Weavers working on a loom | Rustenburg area, South Africa

Our work in Southern Africa

Hand in Hand’s Southern African operation, which concluded in 2015, had programs in four countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.  Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, the office was established in 2008 after Hand in Hand co-founder Percy Barnevik’s advisorship to Thabo Mbeki, the country’s first president after Nelson Mandela. A partnership with UN Women helped Hand in Hand train thousands of women entrepreneurs in the region.

By the numbers

Infographic: Members trained: 104,934 Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

Members trained: 154,467

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together

Infographic: Businesses started: 26,666 Hand in Hand Southern Africa entrepreneurs grow crops, bead jewellery, manufacture bricks and more

Businesses started: 53,089

Hand in Hand Southern Africa entrepreneurs grow crops, bead jewellery, manufacture bricks and more

Infographic: Jobs created: 90,745 Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Jobs created: 135,299

Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Infographic: Lives improved: 544,470 Every job we help create in Southern Africa benefits an average six family members – young, old and everywhere in between

Lives improved: 318,534

Every business we help create in Southern Africa benefits an average of six family members – young, old and everywhere in between

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Why Southern Africa

Hand in Hand Southern Africa operated in countries with high levels of poverty and unemployment.

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Source: World Bank, 2012

An average 54% of people in Hand in Hand Southern Africa’s operating countries live below the poverty line

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Source: UNICEF, 2012

An average 30% of children younger than 5 in Hand in Hand Southern Africa’s operating countries suffer from malnutrition

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Source: World Food Programme, 2013

An average 36% of all households in Hand in Hand Southern Africa’s operating countires are food insecure

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Source: CIA, 2012

An average 14% of women in Hand in Hand Southern Africa’s operating countries are illiterate

Expansion map

Hand in Hand Southern Africa operated in four countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

"Empowering women contributes to building sustainable communities. We know that a woman’s income immensely benefits not only them but also their children’s education and other family needs. We selected Hand in Hand Southern Africa as our local partner for the Coca-Cola South Africa and UN Women partnership on the strength of their track record in empowering women entrepreneurs in the community."
Dr Sadiq Syed | Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge | UN Women South Africa