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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.

Read more about how KickStart helps to build successful businesses

Bringing benefit to communities and farmers

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Nile Breweries Limited in Uganda supports local farmers and communities through a range of projects including investment in boreholes and financial support for the education of underprivileged students.

This year the company handed three boreholes to sorghum farmers from the Kibaale District, bringing the total number of boreholes drilled across Uganda to 11 in three years. This US$ 87,000 investment provides an estimated 9,000 people with 65 million litres of clean water per annum.

The company also granted scholarships to 21 primary school leavers from underprivileged farming families to help them continue their studies at prestigious secondary schools. In addition this year, Nile Breweries Limited has decided to provide secondary school scholarships to all orphans of the terrorist bombings in Kampala on 11 July 2010.

Cassava beer launched in another African country

Man drinking an Eagle beer

Building on the success of the world's first commercial-scale, cassava-based clear beer in Mozambique in 2011, Accra Brewery Limited (ABL) in Ghana has launched its Eagle cassava beer.

Cassava has traditionally been seen as a subsistence or emergency crop with almost no commercial development. In Ghana, there is an estimated 40% surplus each year, partly because there is little opportunity for farmers to sell cassava in commercial markets. Addressing the issue, ABL teamed up with DADTCO (Dutch Agricultural Development and Trading Company) and Cassava Processing Ghana Limited to design a mobile processing unit that travels to the cassava-growing regions and processes the root on site – so making it possible to use cassava commercially:

In the first year, ABL worked with over 1,500 smallholder farmers in this way. The launch of Eagle will allow farmers to generate income and reduce cassava surpluses. In the long-term it will contribute to Ghana's agricultural development and economic growth and offer consumers an affordable alternative to informal alcohol.

Supporting young entrepreneurs

Zambian Breweries has joined the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in a 60 million Kuatcha (US$ 11.43 million) project to develop youth entrepreneurs in the Copperbelt Province. The project aims to discourage long-term dependency and to give aspiring entrepreneurs the support they need to start their own business. 30 people participated in the first phase of the project.

Under the collaboration, the ILO provides technical support and training for young entrepreneurs through three youth organisations in the Copperbelt Province – Roan Youth in Luanshya, Mackenzie Youth in Ndola and Yew Tree Youth at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe. Zambian Breweries will provide the start-up capital in the form of trading facilities and soft drinks.

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.

Empowering women in Lesotho

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In Lesotho, Maluti Mountain Brewery held its second annual Women's Empowerment Day for female employees and the wives and partners of male employees. The event, popular with employees and their families, aims to encourage local female entrepreneurship as well as to improve the uptake of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV among employees' spouses.

The event, which was attended by 120 people, enabled the families of employees to tour the brewery and learn more about it. Guests had the opportunity to hear a presentation from a local female entrepreneur as well as talks on issues ranging from business skills and hygiene to non-communicable diseases and HIV. Free VCT was available, helping Maluti to improve the uptake among employees' spouses.

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Zimbabwe: Recycling packaging

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In partnership with local municipalities, a local entrepreneur and the NGO, Environment Africa, Delta Corporation Ltd. in Zimbabwe is part of a packaging recycling project in Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls that also engages the public.

In Victoria Falls, local people were paid for collecting of 80 tonnes of cans, 60 tonnes of glass and five tonnes of PET which could then be processed and sold.

A can crusher was designed to make the transport of cans more effective and environmentally friendly. Some of the cans are used as land decorations or waste bins.

Developing employees' skills

A group of workers at a training day

In Ghana, Accra Brewery Limited and Voltic Gh Ltd have continued to help their employees to develop their technical skills through one-year apprenticeship training and three-year artisans' development programmes. In these ways, the programmes also seek to improve productivity.

In the last year, the two companies have invested over US$523,000 in training and skills programmes for employees. This year, 10 middle-level technical and engineering employees from both companies have successfully completed the training. A further 12 artisans and 12 apprentices are currently undergoing training.

Reusing brewery waste in agriculture

Three people holding the responsible business industry leader award

Pursuing its ambition to become a zero-waste operation, Chibuku Products Limited (CPL) in Malawi has initiated a number of projects to develop ways of reusing brewery waste – for example, using waste Chibuku cartons as pots for seedlings or coal ash from brewery boilers to resurface pavements.

To support Malawi's agriculture – a key contributor to the country's economy – CPL collects and dries the spent grains generated through the production of Chibuku beer. This can then be used by local farmers as either animal feed or fertiliser.

Expanding the Water Futures partnership

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In 2012, a new project in Zambia was added to the Water Futures partnership. It focuses on protecting the Itawa Springs which are at risk from pollution and degradation and are an important source of water for people and industry (including Zambian Breweries) in the city of Ndola.

The Water Futures partnership was established in 2009 to facilitate local action to address some of the most pressing shared water risks facing SABMiller and surrounding communities and ecosystems and to prove the business case for private sector action. It has done so through local partnerships in eight countries with projects to protect watersheds, upgrade the infrastructure and strengthen local water management institutions.

To open up the knowledge, experience and benefits of the partnership to more participants, the partnership will be scaled up into a broader Water Futures initiative. This will expand its reach, increase its global network of local partnerships and encourage new partners to join in collaborative action.

For more information, see www.water-futures.org.