Poyeho Project was founded in the spring of 2007 by David Robbs. It is incorporated in the state of Washington and received its 501-c-3 status in November of the same year. Governed by a 9 member board, Poyeho Project is a business development program that provides business skills and tools to the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. Building business through planning, systems development, and training to establish job skills, Poyeho Project is committed to establishing long-term, viable businesses that will grow and provide employment to individuals in numerous communities of southern Africa. David’s first trip was in November of 2005 and it was during this time that the initial vision was conceived. Making two trips in 2007 and two in 2008, the organization has trained over 75 individuals in business and 12 in a college level Basic Accounting Class. In December of 2008 we had our first business start and we are currently working with two companies to complete their business plans and develop funding for their growth.
The Republic of South Africa is a nation with great opportunities for its indigenous people, but with little training and education that would allow them to take advantage of these opportunities. Research shows that the literacy rate among this people group is still very low. Without this basic understanding of business and free enterprise systems, their future and potential for prosperity is chained to their past. In addition to the educational limitations, the black townships of South Africa are faced with violence, unemployment, malnutrition, historically entrenched racial inequities, and HIV-AIDS. Hundreds of intelligent individuals, the future of their nation, are lost to death, disease, and despair.
Poyeho Project is working to develop strong businesses in individual communities that will provide hope and employment to the local people. Through our programs, businesses will be established, employees will be trained, and the overall economic conditions of the community will improve.
There is an old saying:
“Give a man a fish you have fed him for a day.”
“Teach a man to fish you have fed him for a lifetime.”
We at Poyeho Project believe there is a missing line to this old adage and that is:
“Train a man to own a fish business you feed a village for generations.”
David Robbs, Founder & Executive Director