Women’s Development Businesses

WDB promotes the economic empowerment and social upliftment of women in South Africa

The WDB Group is a non-profit organisation with the key focus on providing small business loans and business training to rural women. 

The WDB Group has set a precedent for truly broad-based black empowerment by:
  • Providing poor rural women with developmental micro credit loans for their micro-enterprise
  • Conducting basic business skills training and mother-tongue literacy
  • Influencing poverty and empowerment-related policies at a national level
  • Participating in BEE deals to ensure sustainability
To grow their capital base and generate an income, the WDB makes investments in high-growth businesses. Some of the investments they have made include Avis SA, Caesars Gauteng and Siza Water Company.

Achievements

To date, the organisation has granted more than 20 000 loans with a monetary value of approximately R20 million. They have also trained more than 10 000 women in basic business skills, which have resulted in directly creating the same number of jobs.