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.



  • Tackling the Plight of the Youth

    Tackling the Plight of the Youth

    Media houses describe the 55.2% unemployment rate among South African youth as a “ticking time bomb”. The latest numbers from Stats SA show that more and more young people are out of work. Those with limited tertiary education are worse off, with little or no prospects for jobs, while graduates continue to struggle to even […]Read More »
  • The Face of Poverty is (Still) Woman

    The Face of Poverty is (Still) Woman

    The WDB Trust is committed to poverty alleviation and eradication. Our programmes on the ground take place in under-resourced communities in the rural areas of South Africa. Over the past 27 years, the WDB Trust has been facilitating programmes to help women to help themselves. Time and time again we see that the face of […]Read More »
  • Targeting Poverty through training

    Targeting Poverty through training

    The first training session of the year for future Siyakhula Centre Managers took place from the 1st to the 5th of April 2019 at the Africa Training Centre in Pietermaritzburg. 25 trainee-centre managers and three branch managers came together for the training session, which took place over a week. Participants were selected via an interview […]Read More »
  • Poverty and Education

    Poverty and Education

    The link between poverty, and education and the lack thereof, is a no-brainer. Unemployment is incredibly high in South Africa, but it goes without saying that those who have a matric or a university degree have a better chance of being employed than a person who has neither. This is a worldwide challenge in developing […]Read More »
  • Reflections and Inspiration: International Women’s Day 2019

    Reflections and Inspiration: International Women’s Day 2019

    Last Friday, the 8th of March, was International Women’s Day and the occasion was acknowledged around the world with events, campaigns, marches and activities. The theme was #BalanceforBetter. As the International Women’s Day website explains: A Time to Innovate Our very own Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women pointed out why […]Read More »