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Community Analysis Research

The perpetual attendance of conferences leaves people with the same questions still unanswered; "...but how?"

'How do I analyse my community?'

'How do I decide on the correct intervention?'

'Does it start with someone who has a skill in sewing/baking/woodwork, therefore we offer that kind of training?'

'Will it result in economic opportunity or will it just be successful in keeping unemployed people occupied?'

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Our approach is to conduct a thorough community analysis based on the standard community development principles that are supported by Manfred Max-Neef's Human Scale Development principles. The Community Analysis (CA) answers the question: 'How do we take a person who has been unemployed and who is living in a socio-economic environment that is not favourable to personal development to a place where he or she is able to be an asset to an employer or become self – employed, while becoming a contributing citizen?'

The CA is the first step in developing a complete contextual strategy in bridging the gap between unemployment and sustainable employment. It asks a particular set of questions of a certain community to generate appropriate data, which in turn allows for a strategic contextual developmental approach to be designed for the community surveyed. The CA procedure and method will be one of participative observer action research, ie the researchers will involve the community as well as observe it.

The entire process of researching, processing, analysing and presenting takes approximately 4 months to complete

For further information please contact LtE's Head Office on +27 21 671 2230

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Associates Feedback

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Currently there are five members of the Learn to Earn Association. Fisantékraal Centre for Development, The Message and Phambili ngeThemba are located in Cape Town, Western Cape. GetOn Skills Development Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng and Ethembeni based in Mpophomeni, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

'Our affiliation with LtE has been the most significant and vital contributor to the progress we have made as an organisation over the last few years. Their collective wisdom and generous spirit, have enabled us to navigate through the usual birth pains of a new organisation with faith and confidence.'
Fisantekraal Centre for Development ~Grant Hopkins

'LtE and Ethembeni is truly a partnership of hope because the key fruit of each person equipped to run their own business is hope. Hope lasts especially because it is embedded in all of the LtE programs and is modelled by the leaders of LtE who "walk in hope" that everyone has the potential to run their own business. Therefore Ethembeni has hope that we will empower 50 people in 2012 to begin a new journey of discovering all God intends for them as dignified people of value.'
Ethembeni ~ Grant Edkins

'On behalf of GetOn I would like to commend Learn to Earn for the out standing job, managing GetOn Skills Development Centre, making our organisation more effective, efficient and sustainable. Through the team's hard work and dedication, GetOn has increased the number of beneficiaries, and has systems/policies in place to guide us in to the right direction. Learn to Earn has been a valuable support, mentoring function that supports the philosophy of "complete don't compete" as we are all working towards the same goal, empowering people for life.'
GetOn Skills Development Centre ~ Brenton Cryer

'The Message Trust saw value in what Learn to Earn was accomplishing with the unemployed – we chose to become a member of the Association to grow and learn as an organisation working in innovative contexts; we also have a preference for collaborating with other like-minded organisations. Through the support of the Learn to Earn Association we have been able to strengthen or entrepreneurship programme in prisons and develop enterprises that will help ex-offenders find employment. We look forward to learning and growing the LtE Association as we collectively seek to raise oaks of righteousness and eradicate unemployment.'
The Message Trust ~ Tim Tucker (CE) & Mark Slessenger (CO)


E³ Contact us

If you would like further information regarding the E³ programme or would like to make a donation towards the programme please contact the following:

E³ programme
Gen Kruger
+27 21 361 5972
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Enterprise Development Funding
Aleks Jablonska
+27 21 671 2230
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BRC - Contact Us

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The items manufactured in the Learn to Earn Business Resource Centre are made by recent graduates of our sewing programme. These ladies and gentlemen come from communities where the unemployment rate ranges between 30%-70% and most households are made-up of 7 adults and a number of children. The communities are characterised by high poverty and many live in informal housing.

By purchasing from and using the BRC to sew conference bags, picnic blankets etc you are playing a role in breaking the cycle of poverty in South Africa.

If you would like to contact the BRC for a quote or placement query please contact us on +27 21 361 5972

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One of Learn to Earn's strategic priorities is job creation.

Through our job placement programme we look to place our graduates in the formal employment sector.

LtE Graduates available for placement have completed their training, including a life and business skills component in the following courses:

Bake for Profit
Basic Computers
Call Centre
Home Management
Office Administration
Point of Sale
Sewing Production Line
Technical Skills

Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 21 361 5972 for further information.

For Hemanus based placements please contact Monica Pike on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 28 313 0564.

For Ground UP Barista placements please contact Aleks Jablonska on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 21 671 2230.



Life Skills

Life Skills

Developing people's life skills is an integral aspect of Learn to Earn's mission to develop people wholistically. All students registered for any training at Learn to Earn will receive life skills training. All LtE courses include a Life Skills module as well a finance skills programme.

We offer training in life skills for other organisations and interested groups. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on +27 21 671 2230 for further information.

Some of the modules covered in the course are:
Self Esteem
Goal Setting
Conflict Resolution
CV Writing and Job Preparation
Domestic Violence
Work Ethics

Life Skills group discussions


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