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...

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 examine “charring patterns on reconstructed ceramics” and to deduct historical information on the “Khoekhoe vessel form and function”. The replica Khoekhoe pots were produced by…entrepreneurs from the Uthango Enterprise Association.

For the report: “The preliminary experimental data described suggests that by nestling the bottom of their vessels directly into the coals of the hearths, the inhabitants at DFM were able to take advantage of the conical base shape – a form that was perhaps designed to facilitate this cooking technique”.

It is interesting that the examination of ceramics itself, can tell which economic system (herding, hunting or fishing) was prevalent.

The pots were ordered, used in the research by cooking on an open fire and then examined scientifically to determine its function and chemical composition. Linda and her team solved a part of their own history in Africa by being part of the process.

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