Breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering individuals and communities

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SaveAct facilitates the formation of savings groups in communities as a simple but effective tool to fight poverty, as a foundation for building sustainable livelihoods, and as a means to empower women and other vulnerable groups.

Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 2005, we have 110 000 individual members in eight provinces in South Africa and work with a network of committed partner organisations.

Our unique savings model incorporates:

Financial Education
Enterprise Development Training
Ecosystems Development

Last-mile Distribution

These programmes are aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering individuals and communities to play more active roles in economic and social development.

What We Do

Savings groups and financial capability

We facilitate the establishment in rural communities of voluntary savings groups that allow people to save and grow their money. We work with partners across eight provinces to scale up the model, which includes financial education and enterprise development.

Livelihoods and enterprise development

Building on the success of savings groups, we have created a livelihoods and enterprise development (LED) programme. This aims to improve livelihood and wealth creation opportunities in a sustainable manner while empowering people to take ownership of their enterprises.

Last mile access: Zis’Ukhanyo

To achieve long-term sustainability, savings groups and enterprise groups need to be able to access goods and services at reasonable prices — often in deep rural areas where these commodities are hard to come by. The Zis’Ukhanyo programme tackles those needs.

Building ecosystems

We have a vision of using technology and access to markets to build an improved “ecosystem” with financial and other services designed around the needs of savings groups and, more generally, those who continue to be largely excluded from the dominant development path.

Latest News

Building families through saving

Building families through saving

SaveAct facilitates the formation of savings groups in communities, as a foundation for building sustainable livelihoods. We focus mostly on women and youth, with 92% of membership being women and 24% youth. This has also led to entire families joining SaveAct and...

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Study confirms that SaveAct builds resilience

Study confirms that SaveAct builds resilience

In a country with a teetering level of poverty and unemployment, the findings of a recent independent study of savings group impact are very encouraging. The study, done by Khulisa Management Services, concluded that SaveAct’s method enables people to build resilience...

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Working your way up…again and again!

Working your way up…again and again!

Milan Vezi joined SaveAct in 2019. First interviewed in 2020 as part of the introduction of the WAYSE project, she has come a very long way in the success of her business. Let’s start from the beginning! As Ms Vezi was unemployed, she thought the best way for her to...

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