The Kariega Township Development Project (KTD) is a pilot intervention that supported township informal micro-enterprises from the automotive, hair care and waste collection sectors from September 2021 to November 2022. It was implemented by the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation NPC (SLF) and funded by the Volkswagen Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Trust (VW BBBEE Trust).

The evaluation report documents the impact that the KTD had on its participants, as well as the effectiveness of the pilot approach and methods and provides recommendations for future interventions in the Kariega township economy. In conclusion, it argues that the informal micro enterprises that are often overlooked by or do not qualify for other business development support programmes should receive further assistance. The successful pilot intervention serves as an invitation to embrace the complex journey of designing and implementing a fully-fledged future KTD programme in close collaboration with the township entrepreneurs.

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