Enterprise development is something we care about, so we’re looking forward to partnering with Trade-Mark, an NGO that trains, mentors and connects artisans with clients. Priya Pitamber tells us a little more about what they do.


Two initiatives – one in Cape Town and one in Durban – are helping artisans and tradesmen to increase their business base. Trade-Mark (renamed Fix Forward since this article was first published) and The Grassroute act like agencies and incubators, linking artisans and clients as well as offering them assistance in marketing and quoting.

The lives of many artisans, painters, carpenters, craftsmen and other tradesmen are changing through the assistance of Trade-Mark and The Grassroute, in Cape Town and Durban respectively. These enterprises help the tradesmen increase their business base, thereby assisting them to improve their overall livelihoods.

Take the story of Kingstone Kataruza, for example. The painter got married quietly, at the time not having the money for that white wedding of his dreams. “As a result of contracts he secured through Trade-Mark, he was finally able to put enough aside to have a wedding,” said Joshua Cox, Trade-Mark’s founding director. He attended the wedding, “one that Kingstone had earned entirely through his own hard work”. Cox said it was special to have played a small part of that happy tale.

Read the rest of the story here.

Source: Media Club South Africa

3 responses to “Social Enterprises Set Up To Change Lives”

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    Cornis Smit :

    Wat u hulle doen is wat ek graag hier in Moorreesburg will doen om mense se talente bloot te stel en om jonk en oud opleiding te verskaf in sekere ambagte,ek wil graag n Entrepreneurs Forum stig,maar ek sal dit waardeer as u hulle kan help dankie.

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    David Selala :

    I would like to see such an initiative being carried out in my area. I am from a village calleg Ga Ramokgopa within a string of villages of Botlokwa, connecting to bolobedu and venda villages. Please contact me with details. My mobile is +27728060933

    • SimoneG replied :

      Hi David, thank you for visiting the Different.org blog! At this stage, we cannot implement such a project in your area but please keep following what we do on Different.org as we’re always on the lookout for new ways of connecting people to resources. Keep well!

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