When we started this journey in 2012 there were, and is still to this day, no savings solution for farmworkers saving less than R150 a month that allows them to earn inflation beating returns after fees. This is a significant problem as it exposes them to the following main challenges:
Our research sample of 1000 farmworkers, over 10 farms in the Western Cape, found that 46% are paying too much of their salary towards debt.
Interest rates are not the problem. It’s the unethical “hooks” from credit providers ("You qualify for a loan of R30 000") and the real cost of credit that depresses them into a cycle of costly liabilities that they struggle to service.
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Instead of addressing savings, debt or over-priced retail in isolation, one must look at the entire picture – the balance sheet. For someone to save, they need disposable income. To have disposable income, their debt must be on manageable and responsible levels. They need innovative and cost effective products that help them build up their assets, even if they can only afford to save R25 a month. And most importantly, they need a responsible and accountable partner to walk this path with them.See our solution