An integrated, holistic, sustainable approach to community
driven and partnered Local Economic Development.


In the understanding that development means the development of people, it is our objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools and information to bring about their own development, and in so doing, improve educational and economic opportunities in their communities.


Working in partnership with the private sector and local and traditional leadership, we stimulate Local Economic Development and provide support services to rural communities

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Providing online and remote access to educational support material and training courses from pre-school to tertiary

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Transforming subsistence farming into commercially sustainable cooperatives and industrializing the agricultural sector

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Providing essential centralized financial management and marketing support services to primary cooperatives

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Creating sustainable jobs through waste management- collection and recycling. We also support eco-tourism ventures

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Addressing Rural Poverty

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom” – Nelson Mandela

The Challenge: Endemic Rural Poverty

Some 15 million rural South Africans remain trapped in poverty, due to the social engineering of apartheid and the priority given to urban industries in the previous government’s economic policies. Reversing the damage of apartheid’s economic and educational policies and bridging the gap between rural and urban communities is a daunting challenge. Rural communities endure underdeveloped local infrastructure and an inability to communicate effectively through modern means, due to their physical location. Limited fixed line telephone access, no access to the internet and inadequate cell phone signal coverage, make sustainable economic development a huge challenge.

A Solution: The P.E.A.C.E Model

Established 28 years ago, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation has, over the years, developed a model which has proven its efficacy in a number of communities – creating cooperative jobs, improving education and providing essential, centralized services, to support cooperatives. The P.E.A.C.E. Model has been evaluated by Ashoka as being designed to coordinate and facilitate strategies for the alleviation of poverty in rural communities through the promotion and support of LED. At the heart of the model is the provision of centralized community access to information that supports and promotes LED initiatives, with a focus on the cooperative approach and improved educational standards. The model which is original, sustainable and replicable has an holistic approach to development, which accommodates and services the five central components of the P.E.A.C.E. acronym. Most recently, the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation became part of Elephants, Rhinos and People (ERP), an initiative of group elephant.com which is a for profit global company, characterised by a primary strategic imperative in terms of how they go “Beyond Corporate Purpose” in their day-to-day activities.


March 2023 Project Updates

March 2023 Project Updates

INTRODUCTION March marked Human Rights month in South Africa. In keeping with this theme, we showcase some of the developments from our projects that highlight how we play a part in promoting various human rights through our interventions.   VAALWATER OUTREACH...

February 2023 project updates

February 2023 project updates

INTRODUCTION February is a month of love. To this end, our projects managed to spread love in different ways- through the positive impacts they have not only to our direct beneficiaries, but within the communities they operate from.   MADIKWE APICULTURE PROJECT...

January 2023 project updates

January 2023 project updates

INTRODUCTION As we begin another year, we not only anticipate to amplify our impact throughout our programmes, but also wish you all a fruitful year ahead. We provide you with various updates from our projects during the month of January 2023.   MADIKWE...


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