ENACTUS University of Zululand has recently launched the Mama Mimi’s Bakery Project that will see five resilient women from Esikhawini Township running their own bakery business with a R10 000 stove donated by Enactus – a student organisation that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable progress around the world.
Enactus president Tshepo Ngaleka said the country is faced with the challenge of great dependency on grants and hand-outs from government which puts a burden on tax payers financing government programmes.
“In the midst of this adversity we do have people who are willing to do more in sustaining their livelihoods. However, lack of information to start their business ventures negatively affects their positive contribution. We capacitated these women with relevant and sustainable business skills,” said Ngaleka.
Enactus head of projects, Nomfundo Khanyile, said with the help of their business advisory board member Tebogo Hlapi, an investment of R10 000 was injected into the project.
The package also included start-up stock, stationery and basic operational training. This proudly South African, manually operated and multipurpose stove is able to make fresh bread, pizza, cupcakes, chelsea buns and can cook light meals while baking.
Guided by faculty advisors and business experts, students form teams on their campuses and create and implement community projects that empower people to improve their quality of life. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to becoming effective, value-driven leaders.
Business-minded students launch bakery project