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Botswana: 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

Poland: Volunteering boosts employment and health

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In Poland, Kompania Piwowarska worked with an independent NGO, the Volunteering Centre, to analyse its employee volunteering programme. To understand, measure and manage the value of the programme by placing a monetary value on its social outcome, the company used the Social Return on Investment (SROI) calculation. The evaluation covered 19 projects carried out in conjunction with 18 non-profit organisations, looking at their long-term nature and the engagement of employees and local communities and reviewing tangible and intangible outcomes.

The results found that for every one Zloty invested through the programme, 5.81 Zlotys are returned to society through a range of benefits such as higher employment and better health. The 5.81 Zloty figure is considered high. Reports from stakeholders prove the programme was successfully conceived and deployed with employees given a choice of the causes to be funded.

South Africa: Malaria test kit wins Social Innovation Award


An innovative and potentially life-saving malaria test kit, owned by two young entrepreneurs, Ashley Uys and Lyndon Munger, won the R1 million (US$102,000) first prize in the SAB Foundation's second annual Social Innovation Awards.

These awards recognise innovative new products that address challenges faced by the Foundation's target beneficiaries – low-income women, youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas. Costing US$0.45, the kit is a rapid, cost-effective, medical diagnostic tool that in 30 minutes detects all strains of malaria and determines whether any treatment to cure the disease has been effective.

The SAB Foundation is a beneficiary of SAB's Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) deal, SAB Zenzele. Since 2010 it has invested in 106 micro and small-scale businesses and created 372 direct and indirect jobs.

Uganda: 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.