The Umthombo Pilot Project has empowered me in many ways to be independent and knowledgeable in managing my business and empowering other woman.

The aim of this project was to enhance our income, equip us with the necessary equipment and tools to become profitable business woman.

Nolukholo Sayis
“With the assistance of my mentor, Ms Betsy Ings, I was able to draft a five-year plan for my business, which has been an invaluable tool in guiding its growth. I now fully understand the direction it has to be steered in and the roles that every member of the company has to play in order to realise that growth.”
Lorraine Mabeba, Makgabeng Farm Lodge

“I recently attended the Expand Your Business course hosted by Betsy Ings from e-WD, with their facilitator Brett Giddy. I can honestly say that, as a new business owner, this course really helped give me direction and purpose to my business. Brett and Betsy showed my ways in which I can start from the bottom and fix my current challenges in order to eventually focus on a growth strategy for my business. Their workbooks and manuals covered the theory in an easily understandable way, and their interaction with us and their experience explained the areas that were difficult to understand. I highly recommend this course to any business owner or manager.”

Melissa Palmer
“Dear Betsy
We’d like to thank you most sincerely for the training you conducted for the BWA East London branch. The Coca-Cola Abafazi Workshop was definitely one of the highlights of our Business Development Portfolio projects. Many members received a great amount of value for their businesses were able to implement the techniques passed on by you and your team.”
Poonam Harry-Nana, Businesswomen’s Association, East London
“Hi Betsy
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity that Coca-Cola Abafazi is giving us, it is a blessing. Moreover, to have you in the programme completes the puzzle. Your character, love and commitment in wanting to see us prosper makes me realise my potential in the corporate world.”
Palesa Kgodi, Phuta-Phuta Laundromat, Klipfontein, Soweto
Matatiele, WESSA Generate Your Social Business Idea (4-day workshop):
“Training was excellent. I have received more information even than I needed. I liked the professionalism yet simplicity of the facilitators. The training was interesting and we were inspired.”
Molio Kuali, social entrepreneur
“The Expand Your Business course has given me confidence in my approach to business. It has empowered me with the knowledge and insight to persevere. It has developed my knowledge and understanding of business holistically. I feel more positive, professional and better equipped to operate as a small business owner.”
Lize Hayward, Clear Communications
“During the 5by20 programme, I learned to think long term and to set a correct vision for my company. I learnt too plan my business growth, looking at my service offerings, the marketing and to plan operations for growth. My mind was taken to places I wouldn’t have gone on my own!”
Violet Lupuwana
“Betsy, thank you for your warmth, and your ability to explain the most challenging business concepts whilst keeping us focused and engaged. I look forward to growing my business and will always be grateful for your motivation.”
Melissa, Meco Electrical, Durban
“Your team’s investment in me and my business has afforded me unprecedented growth on so many levels. Thank you, Betsy, Brett and Susan, for believing in me and my vision.”
Anna Mehlape, KG Events, Polokwane
“Thank you for the fresh approach to women entrepreneur association capacity building. As volunteers we are motivated to grow and empower fellow businesswomen and your guidance has been invaluable to our committee.”
Lizelle Maurice, BWASA EL Chair, 2014
“Thank you for all the support, for carrying our dreams from day one and reminding us of what we wish to achieve at the end of the programme. I don’t know how to THANK the Business Chamber for giving you to us! My success will one day tell the story of what knowledge I received from you.”
Nemalili Vhutshilo Duncan, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber ED Programme participant
“Our organization would like to thank you for the workshop. Our members received new information and possible new business ventures within waste management. Thanking you for supporting local development and looking forward to our partnership with you.”
Mandla Nkosi, Ekurhuleni Waste Management Association Chairperson
On behalf of my team, I would like to extend sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to you for coming to do the training session with us. As usual, you presented beautifully and with such enthusiasm for your subject. May you long continue to doing the excellent work you are doing.
Salma Munshi, Director JGS
The Community Chest would like to thank Betsy Ings for her valuable contribution towards the success of our annual Ladies fundraising tea.
Thank you for sharing your experience as a successful business woman and inspiring the ladies with your humbleness and positivity.
Colette Theron , Eastern Cape Community Chest
I just wanted to thank you for the referrals. I know it isn’t much, but I hope you’ll accept this expression of thanks. I just wanted to let you know that all of your help with getting our business off the ground is very much appreciated. Your support and efforts for our business certainly contributed to our success, and I want to thank you for that.
Xolisa Menemene , Xolisa Menemene Radiographer Pty Ltd