Achievements & Some Success Stories

We have been through the grind of very tough lessons in development here in Africa. Uthango continues to achieve measurable success in spite of - or because of (!!) - difficult times. Development apathy, donor fatigue, the global economic crisis and above all, lack of political leadership impact directly on our vision. A shared passion for innovation and development motivates the team and we developed some key assets to overcome barriers. Our Directors venture beyond traditional approaches to implement new models of social investment and social enterprises. Consider reading our company profile under ABOUT US for more on our track-record.

Most of our success stories break new ground in development practices to ensure benefits in communities. We treasure our relationships with individual beneficiaries. People matter most in our company and in our projects. The stories of their lives, and their successes, we acknowledge and celebrate, as these have inspired us...
Guguletu Skills Audit was a first-and-only-of-kind...
A collaboration between DANIDA (the Danish Development Aid) and College of Cape Town as part of the SESD programme, made it possible for Uthango to implement a massive first-of-kind skills audit of th...
Volunteer Torin Perez's enjoys our 'Snack Sneakers Programme' in South Africa
The WorldTeach programme of Harvard University brought students from USA to our organisation. Afterwards, they gave 'Honorable Mention' to the journal entry of Torin Perez and we post it here for al...
Northern Cape Retailers complete Business Plans!
We are pleased to report that 92 small retailers based in and around Kimberley successfully completed their training on 20 March 2007! Thank you to Stephanie Roodt, Hanlie de Villiers and Richard H...
The potters break their own records with many hands!
Linda Robyn and Thembisa Mzewu have completed all of their international orders for The Body Shop on time for more than three years! The final order was ready for shipment two months before delivery d...
Research by University of Oxford!
Entrepreneurs recently played in critical role in experimental research by the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Professor Brian Stewart used pots reproduced by Linda Robyn to examin...
Upcoming artist employs local women bead by bead...
Gertrude joined a group of supported entrepreneurs when she received an order for 40 000 ceramic beads. She immediately saw the opportunity to create employment for local women from the informal settl...
Buyambo Production Group joins Uthango
The Buyambo Production House applied to participate in the Uthango Enterprise Project and was successful. They produced their own marimba CD, which is available for R110,00 via USI. The group performs...
Thembisa salutes Anita Roddick and The Body Shop...
Meet Thembisa, who started her ceramics business two years ago. As unemployed mother with two small children, she registered for basic skills training in pottery. Two years later she supports four fam...
Aurelia farms with Wax Fruit & Vegs
Aurelia has been associated with support services of FEBDEV prior to entering the Uthango Enterprise Project. She moulds wax candles by hand and recently won second price in one of the categories of t...
If you let failure bother you, youíll never succeed. Donít fear failure. Learn from it.
- John Peterman; J Peterman Co.
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