What has the impact been?

Poverty Stoplight has an international footprint, including the USA, parts of Africa and Asia.The movement is growing in South Africa and we are mapping survey data of programmes using this approach – click below to learn more about the impact our members are making in South Africa!

View SA Map

View SA Map

Map of the social impact with Poverty Stoplight

The Impact Map

Big data can be generated through aggregated info and mapped onto Google maps, offering a better perspective of the real issues at hand in specific areas of the country, and scaling for a national snapshot in time. These maps can enhance decision-making for government services such as electricity and sanitation and can influence priorities for engagement.

Note: The map data may take a little time to load – be patient.

Click on an indicator on the left and watch as the latest up-to-date poverty status of households is displayed for that indicator. Every green, yellow and red dot represents a household’s response. As more organisations and programmes come on-board, we would like to see this map lighting up all over the country, showing us where the biggest needs are, as well as affirming the success of initiatives using the Poverty Stoplight approach as they assist households in their journeys out of poverty, moving the reds and yellows to greens.

The Benefits

Organisations delivering social impacts through poverty-related programmes, enterprise development initiatives and upliftment and empowerment community-based projects will benefit greatly from Poverty Stoplight.

Benefits of the approach and movement


Here’s what our members and their beneficiaries have to say about working with Poverty Stoplight in South Africa

“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.”     Tracy Chambers CEO, The Clothing Bank
“It was rather an eye opener for most of them (the families) to look at poverty based on the questions they had to answer. They relaxed as I continued with the questions. They saw themselves in a better position to transit and achieve in the next year what they had answered as either Poor or Very Poor in the survey.”   Karabo,  PS Facilitator
“I was scared when they came to do the Poverty Stoplight because I did not know what they were expecting and my house was messy because they came in the morning. My family were so worried and I started thinking maybe I was too ‘green’. My aunt and cousin and child were there – my family are very supportive and help me a lot. I made it a goal to save my profit money and pay my policies and I am doing that slowly.”   Sibongile, Unemployed mother on The Clothing Bank programme
“The Poverty Stoplight impacted my family because it made them understand that I needed their support 100%. My older sister was there when they came, and it made her understand my goals. The PS helped me to see what I need to change and I have set goals to change specific things. It is better to work towards something that I know instead of fumbling.”     Njokweni Unemployed mother on The Clothing Bank programme
“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.”   Sheila, 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.”   Emma Sexton, Business Builder Programme Manager, The Business Place Philippi
“Although the ‘backbone’ of our programme is honey farming, our approach is holistic in that our partners also learn about managing finances, better running their businesses, and how to produce organic eggs, meat and vegetables. From a Christian perspective, they become aware of the gifts or talents that God gave them, the hands that God gave them to do things for themselves and Gods love for them as special human beings. This knowledge is transformational and if we were to only measure honey sales, we would miss out on the impact that our holistic approach has on the people we train. We are excited about how Poverty Stoplight will enable us to give a more accurate picture about the impact that the work we are doing is having on the people we work with.”     Guy Stubbs CEO, The African Honey Bee