Community leaders are the ones the community counts on the most. They change lives every day. They work tirelessly on behalf of others to make things better. They have an inspired vision for the future of their community, but they know that in order to achieve it, they need to bring everyone to the table to help. We share this vision, and together we make it a reality.

To drive relevance and impact, it is important for United Way South Africa to establish specific community-level goals and priorities based on data on social issues and knowledge of what the community needs.

On the 6th of September 2021, we kicked off our entrepreneurial training programme for unemployed individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, inclusive of both men and women. Some of these beneficiaries are human trafficking survivors. This programme was made possible by a donation from the 'Iterele Foundation' as well as our implementation partner ‘Meals on Wheels’.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this initiative a success, including Keip Bros Trading Co (Pty) Ltd for donating 40 frames for the certificates.

Beneficiaries were offered an opportunity to partake in a week-long training for them to become professional nail technicians. Since these individuals are unemployed and have no means, we provided breakfast and lunch as well as transport for them to get to the training centre every day until the end of the course.

The training included:

  • The basics of running a business e.g., customer service.
  • How to install nails safely from scratch – manicure and pedicure.
  • Practicals.

At the end of the course, 34 beneficiaries managed to complete the course successfully and they received: - certificate of completion, a nail practice study material, practice pack as well as a start-up pack that included everything a nail technical needs to start a small business.

We look forward to seeing them continue to practice and create successful sustainable businesses in future.

At United Way South Africa, we envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their full human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

Our goal is to create opportunities for a better life for all by building stronger communities where people work together (Live United).

We invite you to become part of the CHANGE. Donate to United Way South Africa today: