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!

Congratulations to the DevCom team for winning a Golden Loerie for their “Abashintshi project” with SAPPI. They used an innovative approach to stakeholder relations that created shared value for the business and social impact for the community. Poverty Stoplight was used as the baseline for needs analysis and to assist with strategy of programmes.

Our Members

  • 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
  • DevCom
  • 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
  • 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
  • Afrika Tikkun Services
  • Learning In Reach
  • Fair Trade Trust
  • The Sustainability Institute
  • Refilwe Community Project

United Nations selects Poverty Stoplight!


Have you read new Report on Poverty published by Stats SA?


Poverty Stoplight info sharing sessions in Durban this coming week!


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?


Welcome to Drakenstein Transformation!

Sa Impact Map

View our new Impact Map … it’s a game-changer!

We are very pleased to be able to display the results of the work our members are doing. As every survey conducted has a geo-reference, we are now able to map the responses of households surveyed, per indicator.

Welcome to Food Lover’s Market!


“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