By investing through Heart Capital, social investors have the rare chance to blend their philanthropic passion with profit seeking investment strategies to generate lasting impact with their capital.
Heartcapital trade social franchise licenses between first tier impact investors and second tier grantmakers. The portfolio of micro-francise licenses include:
1. FoodPods: FoodPods provides people living in townships with innovative infrastructure, training, and support they need to start and
2. Homes with Heart: Homes with Heart enables unskilled people to build safe and secure, low cost housing using alternative building
3. Wonder Plant: Wonder Plant tackles poverty alleciation and carbon reduction by establishing Spekboom tree nurseries in townships
through a franchise model.
Hands of Honour’s up-cycling program seeks to address three problems in Cape Town:
*Physically run down spaces;
*Effective management of obsolete stock / recyclable waste.
Hands of Honour employs marginalized individuals drawn for a large pool ,languishing in soup kitchens ,to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Much of this waste is provided through partnerships with the corporate sector and would otherwise end up in landfills. Corporations and Retail Chains act as our partners . ''donating '' their unwanted goods /obsolete stock to us rather than sending them on to landfillWorkers process the waste, either rehabilitating material or stripping goods for sale of parts.
Proceeds from this have two benefits:
*Provide salaries for workers who otherwise have no work options available to them;
*Profits are invested in derelict community spaces, focusing on public spaces which have become havens for anti-social behaviour.
Hands of Honour brings together three best-practices:
*While ‘up-cycling’ or reusing waste materials has been done informally by waste pickers scouring the dumps, the organisation works directly with the waste generators to formalise this process, representing something new in South Africa. Corporations are the main ‘donors’ of waste to the organisation, donating rather than disposing of their waste;
*Hands of Honour’s Job Training Programme provides skills and confidence to those members of society who have ‘checked out’. This both increases employment and rehabilitates the workers;
*This process funds urban renewal initiatives, focusing on those areas that are identified by the community as being flash points for crime.
Taken together, these elements result in a programme that can sustain itself and contribute to a greener city, job creation and reclaiming derelict urban spaces.