Founded in 2013, Roast Re:public has grown to become a thriving social enterprise based in Johannesburg. Currently running a roastery and two coffee shops, with their very own social franchise shops soon to launch, Roast Re:public give 50% of their profits to Youthzones.
Through our shared values, Roast Re:public is a well suited partner to Youthzones. Roast Re:public are passionate not only about sourcing and roasting the finest coffee beans on the planet, but also for South Africa and her people, with the dream being that education is accessible to all - "Coffee is our currency, education our priority."
There has already been a wide impact at ground level from our growing relationship with Roast Re:public, through regular staff site visits across Gauteng, working with the youth at site through to supporting with computer skills and building friendships through playing sport.
Roast Re:public is constantly pushing the boundaries, having initially set up to donate 50% of their profit, they then opened their first café in 2014 to create employment opportunities, with the next aim to create positive change for young people on a larger scale through opening ten social franchise coffee shops.
They were soon introduced to AmaVerkykers - a company formed by five young community leaders from Youthzones sites, who realised that development ideals can be attained through sustainable micro-enterprise. Together they collaborated, and inspired by the generosity and innovation of Roast Re:public, AmaVerkykyers saw the opportunity to make the social franchise coffee shop model accessible to a wider audience - the vulnerable and most in need communities.
Together, they formed Bottoms Up, with equal shareholding for transparency and accountability, to create sustainable change in a responsible manner, supporting the youth through the 12 week social franchise programme to they develop skills in business and entrepreneurship, hospitality and franchise specific. The top graduating candidates will be awarded with a profit share in a container coffee shop with opportunities for full time employment and ownership. Training will be supported through coaching for a period of two and a half years after completion of the programme to give the best possible opportunities of success for the youth.
"An integral part of youth development includes sustainable solutions and the development of micro-enterprise." Roelf Meyer.
Roast Re:public is without doubt one of the country's most exciting social enterprises and we are grateful for their support and friendship - keep checking back to this page for our latest news of our work together.
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Youthzones are delighted to have continued our relationship with the social enterprise, Hippo Water Roller Project, who make 90L barrels that improve access to water for millions of Africans across the continent.
Working with Hippo Roller has been a huge benefit to the Youthzones network as now water can be collected easily, without multiple trips to wells, and in a much more comfortable manner. In turn this gives people energy and productivity - key components of Youthzones values! Hippo Rollers recently supported Youthzones with 115 rollers to Youthzones in May 2016, with the benefit has been felt across Youthzones sites around South Africa.
Barthez from Kamaqhekeza said the Hippo Rollers had had a positive effect on his community, stating:
"In my community, many youth were unable to attend training sessions or miss school as they have to walk 6km round trips to fetch water each day. We used to have to use a wheel barrow which isn't clean and is also very difficult to keep the water without spilling when walking. Now it is much easier."
Specifically designed for use in tough rural conditions, the Hippo Roller is a hygienic way of transporting water through its filter cap and easy to manoeuvre trolley like function. Youthzones are extremely grateful for the support of our communities through Hippo Rollers.
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We are just settling into our new house, so it may take a while to get this place looking like a home, but be sure to check here regularly for all our latest news as we share the good, the challenges and the growth of the Youthzones network across South Africa!
Thanks for being on the journey with us - kuthatha isikhathi!