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.



  • Getting to Know Nomgqibelo Mdlalose

    Getting to Know Nomgqibelo Mdlalose

    Nomgqibelo Mdlalose is the new Knowledge Manager at the WDB Trust, but she also is happily “part of the WDB furniture”, so to speak. She has a wide knowledge of WDB due to her involvement with the organisation over many years, fuelled by a passion and dedication to women’s issues. By Denise Slabbert There’s something […]Read More »
  • Living the essence of Zenzele

    Living the essence of Zenzele

    WDB’s Sibongiseni Malakoane speaks about the Zenzele journey and witnessing proud moments when families and communities are able to help themselves. Known as “Gogo” to many, as the WDB Programme Manager for Zenzele Development Programme, Sibongiseni Malakoane has witnessed abject poverty in South Africa’s rural areas as part of her everyday job. Being a sensitive […]Read More »
  • Photo Essay: Mandela Day in Thulamela

    Photo Essay: Mandela Day in Thulamela

    The 18th of July is a very special day for many people around the country as we celebrate the incredible life and times of Nelson Mandela. International Mandela Day gives us the opportunity to find ways to give of our time and energy to others. For some it is 67 minutes (commemorating the number of […]Read More »
  • The peace-loving banker who went to war on poverty

    The peace-loving banker who went to war on poverty

    Many of the principles of Professor Muhammad Yunus, who put microfinance centre-stage globally when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, have guided the objectives of the Women’s Development Bank. The list of awards and special honours showered on Professor Muhammad Yunus is incredibly long. The one-time economics professor with a doctorate from Vanderbilt […]Read More »
  • Facilitating access to basic services and uplifting communities

    Facilitating access to basic services and uplifting communities

    The Zenzele Development Programme is WDB Trust’s poverty-alleviation programme that encourages community self-organisation and connects poor families to basic services through stakeholder engagement. Taking valuable learnings from the original development caravan concept set up in the earliest days of WDB, today the Zenzele Development Programme addresses poverty in practical, workable ways. Zenzele Executive Manager Sibongiseni […]Read More »