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Shape Café is a social enterprise operating in Sebokeng township and owned by Itumeleng Hlapane and his wife. Here, coffee and juice are served alongside marketing, accounting and legal advice in a shared work-space environment that provides a nurturing base for business development in the community.
In the wake of the COIVD 19 pandemic, when South Africa was faced with devastating looting, Shape Café was sadly another victim.
Enter AVBOB, Africa’s Largest Mutual Assurance Society. Being a community-minded organisation at its roots, the company decided to step in and help small businesses affected by this looting. Shape Café was one of these fortunate beneficiaries, and together with the help of a little love and support from the community it serves; it was back in operation in no time at all.
As a committed corporate citizen AVBOB takes its role in society very seriously; and addressing gender-based violence is another cause close to its heart and purpose. The TEARS Foundation was started by Mara Glennie who was determined to transition from being a survivor to becoming a support service for women in need.
With her Help-At-Your-Fingertips support line, sponsored by AVBOB, over 99,000 victims of gender-based violence have been assisted to date and her relationship with this aligned corporate partner is enabling to live her life in a purposeful and fulfilling way.
SAINC visited these inspiring stakeholders to see first-hand what they have achieved, despite the adversity in their paths, and with a little helping hand from AVBOB.
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