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BSSA trains Indalo Yethu participants

BSSA was recently contracted to offer business awareness and basic business skills training to participants in the Women in Environment projects run by a national environmental agency.

Indalo Yethu, which means “our legacy” in isiZulu, is an implementation agency of the Department of Environmental Affairs. It was established by the Department and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) as a legacy project of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg. It is tasked with rolling out a national environmental campaign and focuses on green skills training, green jobs and enterprise development, outreach and awareness, and eco-endorsement.

The agency’s Women in Environment programme targets and promotes the involvement of women in social transformation projects and enterprises which address environmental threats in local communities, while generating incomes for women. The projects include agricultural cooperatives, fountains and trees protection, and waste management and recycling projects.

BSSA was requested to train one group per province, and during three-day workshops, the women were taught the basics of marketing, and practical pricing and costing, and were given an overview of preparing business plans. Close on 140 women were trained in all nine provinces.

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