How to turn South Africa into a nation of start-ups
How can we turn South Africa into a “start-up nation”?
Chambers helps unemployed moms start their own businesses.
Her company gives women access to discounted merchandise and 500 hours of training in money management and business skills.
The business skills were not enough. We discovered that many of the women lacked confidence.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
The Clothing Bank’s motto is: ‘Don’t give a woman a fish. Teach a woman to fish and teach her how to sell her fish.'Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
We teach them to be great capitalists; to extract as much money as they can.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
We have a single mother with seven children. Before she joined she couldn’t feed them. Now her two oldest daughters are enrolled in Technicon!Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it.)
96% of our women continue running a business.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
Once I know I can, I can!Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
One ‘I can’ moment upon another ‘I can’ moment builds self-belief.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
We focus less on business skills and more on psychology.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
We have a concept called ‘micro-franchising’…Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
We invest R35 000 in each woman’s training.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
When you design a program; make sure you set people up for success. Make sure there’s a high chance of success.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
Many women we work with were poorly parented.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
You can’t fix 35 years of underdevelopment in one month.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
Poor South Africans are finding that, if you have two hands, you can do it for yourself.Tracy Chambers, The Clothing Bank
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