ABOUT

ABOUT

Established in 2012, Fix Forward is a Non-Profit Social Enterprise aimed at creating opportunities for contractors from low-income communities to develop and thrive. Fix Forward is also a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and a registered Enterprise Development (ED) intermediary / facilitator.

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THE PROBLEM

Many talented contractors (painters, carpenters, builders, etc.) from low-income communities in South Africa often struggle to access the market and lack the skills to grow their businesses. These challenges limit their ability to improve their quality of life and to create jobs in their community.

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OUR SOLUTION

We hand-pick the best contractors from low-income communities and offer them a holistic entrepreneur development programme over 12 months. We also connect them to people wanting to do renovations or maintenance work in their home or office. We don’t only connect them, but support both the client and the contractor over the duration of the project.

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THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

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E-LEARNING

We have developed 11 tailored modules of e-learning which are hosted on a platform designed for low-income users with limited data usage. The aim of e-learning if to give contractors access to highly relevant, industry specific content that equips them in the various aspects of the business, from marketing and pricing to financial and project management. 

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GROUP WORKSHOPS

Small group workshops create and environment where contractors are able to share learnings and experiences related to the themes of the e-learning. This ensures that they are able to integrate their learning from the e-learning within their specific context and stage of business development. 

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MENTORING

We provide ongoing mentoring to the contractors, assisting them in developing a range of skills, including quote preparation, pricing and client negotiation skills. This support is in the form of a one-on-one session to ensure we best meet the individual needs of our contractors.

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COACHING

The contractors meet with a professional coach on a monthly basis, to unlock their potential to overcome obstacles and challenges in their personal and professional lives.