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A Spaza, a food garden and a Projector - All in a Days work

Greetings all from a sunny South Africa! Pride "n Purpose has had a fabulous February with Spaza's opening, plenty of volunteers, a computer projector for the Literacy centre and a food garden!

Phumzile Ngobeni - one of the family members we have been supporting for a number of years - came up with an idea to open a corner shop in the village of Dumphries. So she approached Pride 'n Purpose for a little helping hand. We agreed to help this budding entrepreneur in her quest to support her family and to become a "managing director" of her Spaza. In South Africa - little corner shops that sell everything from A-Z are called Spaza's.

So with the help from Erin, a business plan was set. From there Pride 'n Purpose hired a local contractor to build the Spaza with bricks made on site. From there she needed some stock - so off David, Valerie (other Volunteer) and Phumzile went to a large bulk purchase shop and bought her all the stock she needed. This was a loan to her which she has agreed will be paid back in 6 months interest free to Pride "n Purpose. Valerie then sat with Phumzile for some days and discussed everything from profits to budgets to marketing to stock control.

She has called the Spaza-Answer Spaza - named after her little son! She chose the colours bright blue and yellow and the Spaza sure is visible for all to see. The grand opening was on the 26th February and was a raging success. We wish Phumzile all the success in the world and we will of course be on hand for any further business advice she requires.

Next on the list this month - was a food garden for our latest Creche - UluPride. So why not rope in some young Australian"s to get down and dirty! The Oasis/Salvation Army group of 16 worked extremely hard on one of the hottest days we have had this year to create a vegetable and fruit garden for the Newington Village. But thats not all - they also got stuck into helping us make bricks for the new kitchen we will shortly be erecting! It was a great day that with a well deserved dip in the pool to end it off!

The begining for February also saw the annual Virgin Unite connection trip to Ulusaba. This is a group of successful entrepreneurs from around the world invited by Sir Richard Branson to join him at Ulusaba. The group then get a tour of our projects and this year the group donated a much needed computer projector for Literacy Centre in Dumphries Village. The projector will be of great help when the teachers are teaching and need to show the learners how it is done! So thank you for this great gift which is a huge step forward in getting our learners computer literate!

On another note - Pride 'n Purpose has recently been selected as a finalist by the World Travel and Tourism Council for their Community Benefit Award for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2011. This is a huge honour for us to be selected and are very grateful for this oppurtunity to be recognised for our efforts. The winner will be selected in an event in Las Vegas in May 2011. For more information take a look at the following website and the press release

tourismfortomorrow.com/Winners/2011_Winner_and_Finalists

Tourism for tomorrow award press release

Otherwise Folks - hoping you have a magic March - dont forget you can catch all the news on our Facebook pages as well as reading our newsletters - Pride "n Purpose February Newsletter

We"ll chat again soon

Lindsay and David