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Business Name: Yazi Group

Yazi Group is a community development consultancy offering a range of services to various stakeholders including micro-enterprises; institutions (both public and private) and rural communities through strategic partners. Yazi means “to know” in IsiZulu which represents the organisation’s goal of empowering the market it serves. Yazi Group; located in the beautiful unexploited City of Mbombela, Mpumalanga
We work principally through consultation, collaboration and partnership with institutions and rural communities expressing a shared need and commitment for economic transformation.
We provide region specific support by identifying untapped, scalable sector opportunities and execute developmental initiatives that address the need for direct and indirect local participation and beneficiation.
Our main industry focus for Mpumalanga rural communities are ownership and beneficiation within Tourism and market access for small scale farmers.
The uniqueness of the services we provide stems from our critical thinking and innovative approach in providing insightful solutions. Our community development focus is centered around three focus areas: Microenterprise Development: programme development, coaching and mentoring, facilitate access to finance & market linkages
Projects & Programmes (P&P): Community engagement, P&P management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Advisory: Land commercialization, strategic planning, strategic development
The critical success factors of rural community development are long term poverty alleviation and market sustainability. Our strategic objectives incorporate the entire development value chain to ensure that initiatives achieve the desired impact. These are:
INCLUDE community participation in key economic sectors
IMPLEMENT developmental solutions
INTEGRATE micro-enterprises into mainstream value chains
INCREASE public-private partnerships for socioeconomic development
The motive behind our intentions is to build a hopeful economic future, beyond our investment, for the lives of people living in undeserved communities.
“We can only have success in partnership with others in the development community, including civil society and the private sector. There must be effective performance in utilizing development assistance -corruption-free and reaching the poor.”

Business Description

Yazi Group is a community development consultancy offering a range of services to various stakeholders including micro-enterprises; institutions (both public and private) and rural communities through strategic partners. Yazi means “to know” in IsiZulu which represents the organisation’s goal of empowering the market it serves. Yazi Group; located in the beautiful unexploited City of Mbombela, Mpumalanga
We work principally through consultation, collaboration and partnership with institutions and rural communities expressing a shared need and commitment for economic transformation.
We provide region specific support by identifying untapped, scalable sector opportunities and execute developmental initiatives that address the need for direct and indirect local participation and beneficiation.
Our main industry focus for Mpumalanga rural communities are ownership and beneficiation within Tourism and market access for small scale farmers.
The uniqueness of the services we provide stems from our critical thinking and innovative approach in providing insightful solutions. Our community development focus is centered around three focus areas: Microenterprise Development: programme development, coaching and mentoring, facilitate access to finance & market linkages
Projects & Programmes (P&P): Community engagement, P&P management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Advisory: Land commercialization, strategic planning, strategic development
The critical success factors of rural community development are long term poverty alleviation and market sustainability. Our strategic objectives incorporate the entire development value chain to ensure that initiatives achieve the desired impact. These are:
INCLUDE community participation in key economic sectors
IMPLEMENT developmental solutions
INTEGRATE micro-enterprises into mainstream value chains
INCREASE public-private partnerships for socioeconomic development
The motive behind our intentions is to build a hopeful economic future, beyond our investment, for the lives of people living in undeserved communities.
“We can only have success in partnership with others in the development community, including civil society and the private sector. There must be effective performance in utilizing development assistance -corruption-free and reaching the poor.”

How will you use the R100k prize in your business?

Since half of the prize money will be used towards my consultancy evident marketing needs. With a potential small scale farmer supplier development project and programme in partnership with a few lodges operating in and around the Kruger National Park in the pipeline, the remaining R50 000 I will use as a direct expense towards our community and stakeholder engagement process, including travel expenses. This is the most critical and at times costly phase (depending on how quick community trust and buy-in is established) for any community project or programme; and it cannot be avoided.

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