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.

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Listen Up!

The third PS Forum session took place on Thursday 8 June and it was fabulous. Thanks to all who attended and shared their insights and opinions on what makes impact REAL.This community of practice is becoming a power house of information!

Our Members

  • The Clothing Bank
  • Business Activator
  • Christel House South Africa
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • FoodForward South Africa
  • Beautiful Gate
  • Shonaquip Uhambo Foundation
  • Drakenstein Foundation
  • Learn to Earn
  • Ikamva Labantu
  • Church Alliance for Social Transformation (CAST)
  • Container World
  • Zimele Developing Community Self Reliance
  • DevCom
  • Food Lover’s Market
  • Westlake United Church
  • Izulu Orphan Projects
  • Community Action Partnership (CAP)
  • New Leaf Development
  • Sappi Southern Africa Ltd
  • Timbali Flower Growers
  • Afrique du Sud, Bidonvilles (ASB) for Township
  • Work For Love
  • Belgotex Floorcoverings PTY LTD
  • Dr Mark Trevor Marais Development Facilitation PSSA
  • Ranyaka Community Investment Managers
  • Jewels of Hope
  • WDB Trust
  • Bowler Plastics (Pty) Ltd

Poverty Stoplight info sharing sessions in Durban this coming week!


Welcome to New Leaf Development!


Welcome to Izulu Orphan Projects!


2016 Poverty Stoplight Conference for South Africa – 28 November


Film shoot for PS Office (SA)


Poverty Stoplight comes to Durban


Welcome to Zimele – Developing Community Self-Reliance!


Welcome to Ikamva Labantu!


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.”

CEO, The Clothing Bank

“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.”

Unemployed Mother on The Clothing Bank programme

“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.”

Business Builder Programme Manager, The Business Place, Phillipi