Poverty Stoplight SA
A movement towards poverty eradication in South Africa
Poverty Stoplight is an approach that helps people progress out of poverty by empowering them to understand and map their own choices. It encourages households to participate and own their journeys out of poverty, and provides a clear line of sight of how to get there; at the same time allowing organisations delivering support to measure progress against their programme objectives.
“It has opened our eyes to what is really happening in the community. Once you know this, you can really start helping the people … and we’ve now noticed a lot of things we’ve never known about our community”
– Chery Abrahams, PS Facilitator, Learning In Reach
“We have no idea what goes on in people’s lives …and we had no way of finding this out until we came across Poverty Stoplight. Up till then, there had been a lot of assumptions made about people’s lives. At the end of each (survey) session, it seemed really positive and empowering … more of a celebration than anything else. It’s changed the way we see each other. You can feel the difference when you walk into a store that has had Love My Journey (PS) and one that hasn’t. The energy is different. They become accountable to each other. It’s changed the dynamic”
– Kate Marais, CSI Manager, Food Lover’s Market
“Poverty Stoplight acts as a mirror to those issues discussed in our Life Skills sessions … being reflected and played back to our beneficiaries in real life. We are excited to understand what individual poverty looks like … and at family level … to see those shifts as we teach people to become economically active, but focusing strongly on healing”
– Aleks Jablonska, Project Manager, Learn to Earn
“People are actually using PS results in their day to day lives. Individuals have taken much more ownership of their lives. They are making plans and changing what they don’t like”
– Funeka Plaatjie-Njobeni, independent coach
“This last financial year, when we had to do our annual financial report, it was the easiest annual report we’ve ever done, because we had so much data. When you can quote that the women on your programme are taking home (amount), that’s music to your donors ears … you can extract data quickly in real statistical terms and be able to present that to any interested party”
– Tracey Chambers, CEO, The Clothing Bank
Durban had their first Forum session on 7 June 2018 and it was a cracker of a session! Orgs using the Poverty Stoplight tool met in a “closed forum” to discuss challenges, insights, lessons learned, as well as debate what’s working and what isn’t regarding social impact for their respective programmes. Thanks for sharing so honestly and openly, Durban.
We salute: CAST, Izulu Orphan Project, The Clothing Bank, Turako, Belgotex, Uthungulu Community Foundation, Seed of Hope, Domino Foundation, Careerlinx … and Nikki Raw, our wonderful supporter from The Saville Foundation.
“KZN forum meeting was amazing! SUCH great insight and an incredibly motivating morning for PS members. We are excited to get started now and can’t wait for the school holidays to begin surveys! Whoo hooo!” – Domino Foundation
Johannesburg, your first Forum session is coming up! We are just confirming dates.
- The Clothing Bank
- Business Activator
- Habitat For Humanity
- FoodForward South Africa
- Beautiful Gate
- Shonaquip and Uhambo Foundation
- Drakenstein Foundation
- Learn to Earn
- Ikamva Labantu
- Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST)
- Container World
- Food Lover’s Market
- Westlake United Church Trust
- Izulu Orphan Projects
- Community Action Partnership (CAP)
- New Leaf Development
- Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
- Timbali Flower Growers
- Afrique du Sud, Bidonvilles (ASB) for Township Patterns
- Bhongolethu (Work For Love)
- Belgotex Floorcoverings PTY LTD
- Dr Mark Trevor Marais Development Facilitation PSSA
- Ranyaka Community Investment Managers
- Jewels of Hope
- The WDB Trust
- Bowler Plastics (Pty) Ltd
- Afrika Tikkun Services
- Learning In Reach
- Fair Trade Trust
- The Sustainability Institute
- Refilwe Community Project
- Heartbeat – Centre for Community Development
- TLP Services
- uThungulu Community Foundation
- Seed of Hope
- Pinotage Youth Development Academy
- Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment
- Fix Forward
- Careerlinx Empowerment Solutions
- Vastfontein Community Transformation
- African Beekeeper Trust
- Sinapi biomedical (Pty) Ltd
- Domino Foundation
- Fisantekraal Centre for Development
- gold Youth Development Agency (gold-youth)
- Black Umbrellas
- Africa Co-operative Action Trust (ACAT)
United Nations selects Poverty Stoplight!
Have you read new Report on Poverty published by Stats SA?
2016 Poverty Stoplight Conference for South Africa – 28 November
Film shoot for PS Office (SA)
Have you read new Report on Poverty published by Stats SA?
Poverty Stoplight SA website goes live!
Welcome to Zimele – Developing Community Self-Reliance!
Welcome to Learn to Earn!
“The Poverty Stoplight tool has been introduced nationally to all branches of TCB and it has exceeded all expectations. We are delighted. We now do home visits with each family (during the recruitment phase) and have integrated this tool into our programme. We have seen significant changes in the way families are taking responsibility for their own journeys out of poverty and are encouraged by the results we are observing.”
“When TCB came to do the Poverty Stoplight, it was good because my 18-year-old daughter was there to answer some questions, and it helped her to feel part of it. My business is doing well and I am achieving my goals that I set in coaching when we looked at my Stoplight colours.”
“Poverty Stoplight provides us with a roadmap on how to engage further with focused inputs and priorities. By understanding our clients better - their poverty situation, their real needs - we are able to design and use our programmes in such a way that we optimise impact and assist our clients in eradicating poverty from their lives.”