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

 

OUR PROGRAMMES

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.

OUR PROGRAMMES

 

 

WDB INVESTMENT HOLDINGS

WDB Investment Holdings

WDB INVESTMENT HOLDING (PTY) LTD

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.

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES

  • 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.
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WDB IH PRIVATE EQUITY FUND

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.

VALUE PROPOSITION

  • 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.
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ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FUND (EDF)

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

OBJECTIVES

  • 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.
WDB INVESTMENT HOLDINGS

 
 

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