Promoting socio-economic development, advancement and empowerment of South African women;
giving them dignity and meaning through advocacy and thought leadership.



Our Program - Siyakhula

Siyakhula Microfinance Institution

Microfinance  is the provision of a range of high quality financial services and other products to poor borrowers on a sustainable basis for productive income-generating activities.

Our Prgram - Zenzele

Zenzele Development Programme

The Development Caravan is a synchronized poverty eradication system for local communities in nodal areas to mobilize support  and catalyse community self organization through targeting households with a basket of services and stakeholder engagement.

Our Program - Training

WDB Development Training Academy

The Academy aims to be the “go to” institution for skills training for poverty reduction programmes  especially in development microfinance , linking households to socio-economic resources, enterprise development , basic ICT’s and taking digitisation to the rural poor.

Our Programme - Dialogue

Dialogue on Poverty, Women, Youth and Businesses

Many obstacles inhibit dialogue and favour more confrontational communication forms such as debate. Common obstacles to sharing include fear exercise of power, mistrust, communication barriers of race, class gender and culture.





WDB Investment Holdings


WDB IH is a fully women led and managed investment holding company with 20 years investment experience in South Africa across many sectors  and industries.The management team has a combined finance and investment experience in excess of 40 years.

The current investment portfolio of WDB IH comprises mainly listed , blue chip, large-caps, with a sprinkling  of unlisted mid-caps and private equity fund investments.


  • To create revenue streams for the financial sustainability of the WDB Trust programmes;
  • To re-invest for long-term growth of the company;
  • To capitalize the company’s subsidiary loan funds.


The goal of this fund is to create a repeatable model that provides a real basis for competitive advantage , and is consistent to our capabilities . It supports family-owned /owner-run established businesses with an annual turn over of R100m to 1bn and a track record and market traction.


  • Operational support of invested management teams;
  • Long-term capital injection and future financial backing;
  • Strong BEE credentials (improves target ratings);
  • Enhanced corporate and ESG governance.
Mogadi farm


This is a fund to fill in the ‘missing middle’ loan size for entrepreneurial small business women.


  • To upscale growing micro-entrepreneurs
  • To create sustainable business
  • To provide appropriate technical support services through specialist agencies
  • To re-invest capital for further of business.



  • A love letter to 2018, and WDB Trust

    A love letter to 2018, and WDB Trust

    2018 has taught me so much on a personal level, and I can only feel truly blessed to have worked alongside the team at WDB Trust, whether our friends or colleagues at head office in Johannesburg or our staff in the field. We had numerous highlights and definitely some fun times during 2018. Mandela Day […]Read More »
  • Update: WDB Training Academy

    Update: WDB Training Academy

    Computer-Based Functional Literacy Programmes The WDB Trust Training Academy facilitates computer-based functional literacy (CBLF) programmes in Sigweje in Ladysmith & Kwa-Madlala Primary School in Elandskop Pietermaritzburg. Under the leadership of Fikile Buthelezi, WDB Trust Training Academy offers training to youth who have attempted matric or have passed matric but are currently unemployed or not enrolled […]Read More »
  • 4IR – Finding our own solutions

    4IR – Finding our own solutions

    Nomgqibelo Mdlalose, CEO of the WDB Trust, attended the African Women in Dialogue (AWID) in Johannesburg last week, coming away with some valuable insights into how we can strengthen the women’s movement across Africa in light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). I was fortunate to attend the Inaugural African Women in Dialogue at The […]Read More »
  • CLIENT STORIES: Khanyisile Khumalo

    CLIENT STORIES: Khanyisile Khumalo

    This Siyakhula client is situated on the west boundary of UKhahlamba Municipality Ward 9 in Moyeni Reserve, 27km away from Bergville.  Khanysile is 52 years old got married 36 years ago. She is a widow with a family of eight members (two sons, one daughter and four grandchildren). In 1990, her husband passed on, and […]Read More »
  • CLIENT STORIES: Ntombi-ntombi Ndaba

    CLIENT STORIES: Ntombi-ntombi Ndaba

    Over the years, there have been many challenges, but many successes as well. Ntombi-ntombi Ndaba is one of our Siyakhula client success stories. Ntombi and her family are situated on the west boundary of Ukhahlamba Municipality Ward 9 in Moyeni Reserve, 27km away from Bergville town in KwaZulu-Natal. She is 63 years old and got […]Read More »