Hub Profile: Meet South Africa’s Poverty Stoplight leaders

Dec 27, 2017

Article by Poverty Stoplight

The Poverty Stoplight Office (SA) was formed in May 2015, as a result of a project incubated under The Clothing Bank. Today, the Poverty Stoplight Office (SA) is an independent, non-profit where the aim is to assist in improving the success rate of organizations delivering social impacts through poverty-related and enterprise development programs. The PS Office (SA) works with over 40 partner organizations, including 5 corporate businnesses and 35 non-profits and social enterprises. The following are various quotes from a recent interview with Poverty Stoplight partners in South Africa, such as Laura Bergh, conducted with Poverty Stoplight HQ staff in a recent trip to South Africa.

Check out this video for the entire interview and to see how the Poverty Stoplight was used in South Africa this past year!

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Laura Bergh, Poverty Stoplight - South Africa. (Photograph: courtesy of Fundación Paraguaya).

Laura Bergh, Poverty Stoplight Office South Africa:

“There is a movement of like-minded organizations that want to really understand and know what is the social impact that they are having. Are they moving the needle of transformation or are they putting money, effort, and time into something that is just not changing this country’s poverty?

We have grown quite quickly with partners from different sectors. We are putting a little more focus on municipalities now, seeing how can business, local government and non-profits come together and use Poverty Stoplight as bases for the needs analysis of what’s happen in those communities and then they now get together and analyze and explore what needs to be put in place to assist the communities in that particular municipality. “

Andrew Millson, Food Lovers Market:

“At our last board meeting we showed the results and a video of Poverty Stoplight and the impact that it is having on people’s lives. The main reason why we wanted to show that video at that meeting was to ensure that we had real buy-in from the directors about what we were trying to achieve through the Stoplight program and how we can better engage our people and also to build awareness of some of the social issues that our people face in their lives outside of work. Then we started to ask ourselves from that: “What is our role in helping people overcome these challenges? Is there a role and how much of it is up to us to do?” That itself raises some very interesting dynamics, because certainly Food Lovers Market market can’t take people out of poverty, people have to do that for themselves.”

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Tracey Chambers, CEO - The Clothing Bank. (Photograph: courtesy of Fundación Paraguaya).

Tracey Chambers, The Clothing Bank:

“Sometimes what you need to do is so simple but the Poverty Stoplight - it focuses you on where you are falling short and you can make the changes you need to make. This last financial year was the easiest annual report we’d ever done, because we had so much data. When you can quote that 68% of your women have R15, 000 (Rands) or more in the bank at the end of your program, that’s music to your donors ears that you can concretely quote that. There is a triple benefits that you are getting because you can extract information quickly in real statistical terms and be able to present that to any interested party, whether it’s a donor or a program manager or people who just have interest in the impact that you are having.”

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#Sharon Cloete, Independent coach of the Poverty Stoplight - South Africa. (Photograph: courtsy of Fundación Paraguaya).

Sharon Cloete, The Clothing Bank:

“ I will encourage any organization and any household to just do Poverty Stoplight and they will see the impact in 3 – 6 months, I don’t know the steps yet, but for the moment it is just working for people in South Africa.”

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