KAOFELA INCOME GENERATION PROGRAMME
On the first Friday of every month, we sell clothing, food and household items donated to BrainLife from our second-hand store. Some of these items are also re-used or up-cycled and sold at markets, such as our beautiful Kaofela earrings. We use this income to supplement the minimal disability grant our members receive from the state.
KAOFELA MICRO-ENTERPRISES & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
As a socio-economic and skills development programme, Kaofela aims to give our members a chance at starting their own micro-enterprises. Members can volunteer to be part of the programme and earn their own income to sustain themselves.
HOW IT WORKS
Members pair up as business partners. They usually live near to one another. BrainLife provides the partners with a “start-up” donation pack valued at R1500.00. The pair is also provided with basic sales training to help them learn how to manage their micro-enterprise.
Once the micro-enterprise has recovered the R1,000 start-up cost (donated second-hand items) through sales, we encourage the owners to put 50% back into their business and to split the other 50% as income.
The revenue received from this initiative by BrainLife is invested back into the second-hand store and used to continue the sustainability of the charity and the Kaofela programme.
The micro-enterprise owners remain members of the total BrainLife Kaofela fund and continue to receive this income in addition to the revenue from their micro-enterprises.