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KickStart helps to build successful businesses

KickStart helps to build successful businesses

Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) in Botswana has celebrated the eighth year of one of our most successful community investment programmes. Funded through the KBL Trust, KickStart is a youth entrepreneurship development programme designed to support 18-30 year olds starting new businesses or expanding existing ones. Since the programme's launch, the company has invested US$990,400 in youth entrepreneurship projects (awards granted range from US$120 to US$12,380) and provided mentoring and business training to over 107 young entrepreneurs.

KickStart is now the largest and most successful enterprise development programme in Botswana with 80% of participants still trading.

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Providing access to counselling and testing

In Botswana, where over 350,000 people live with HIV, Kgalagadi Breweries (Pty) Limited launched Project Tshelang ('Stay alive') 11 years ago to help reduce the spread of HIV/Aids.

The project aims to prevent new infections and to manage the spread of HIV by providing employees and their families with education, awareness programmes and access to voluntary counselling and testing. There are currently 74 trained and active peer educators – roughly one for every 10 employees – who help change attitudes and behaviour among their colleagues.