Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 1993
This description of John de Wit's work was prepared when John de Wit was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
John de Wit (South Africa 1991) is currently launching an initiative to provide small business sector men and women with credit and training through a group-based, mutual support and savings scheme. Several million unemployed South Africans have turned to the informal sector for survival. Each year, approximately 80% of the fledgling businesses set up in this sector fail, primarily due to the lack of suitable credit.
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