What We Do

Hopes and Dreams is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in Africa and India.

As an organisation we believe that these two main keys;

  1. Bringing access to clean water (coupled with education) can break the cycle of poverty for generations; and
  2. Micro Enterprise Development (i.e. empower women to have their own small business).

Each of these solutions are aligned to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations to Transform our World.

Hopes and Dreams directly addresses

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Target: By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, pay ing special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

  • 663 million people are still without access to clean, safe drinking water
  • At least 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Target: By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere (currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day) and reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.

  • 836 million people still live in extreme poverty
  • About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day

Hopes and Dreams indirectly addresses

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Target: By 2030, end preventable deaths of children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce under- 5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Target: End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employ ment and decent work for all

Target: By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Target: By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.

Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Target: Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries

At Hopes and Dreams we use the term ‘‘preventative poverty”. We aim to address the root cause not just the symptoms so that the cycle is broken. Our beneficiaries can prevent a life of future poverty by adopting our solutions and by receiving education. In doing this, their situation and mindsets are changed.


Water and Sanitation, Hygiene Education (WaSHE)

Hopes and Dreams works together with local in-country partners, usually Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to bring desperate communities access to clean, safe water and improved health. 

The benefits of our programs are so much more than just bringing water to a community. It’s often said that “water is life”. 

These benefits include:

  • children have a greater chance to live past the age of 5 because they do not fall sick due to water related diseases,
  • children can go to school instead of spending hours going back and forth to get water from an unclean source,
  • women and children do not have to walk great distances and at times be exposed to sexual predators.
What our in-country partners do

It takes a team of different partners with specialised skills to complete a water initiative.  Our on the ground partners play an integral part in our projects to ensure a successful implementation.

Partner 1 works closely with a water point committee to identify the best location within the community so maximum beneficiaries can have access to a clean water supply; undertakes analysis of the communities current conditions, arranges a site assessment, contracts local drillers to drill the bore-well, co-ordinates water quality and volume testing and assist with project management. The water point committee takes on the responsibility and ownership of the project.

Partner 2 provides the equipment; the equipment includes a submersible solar powered pumping system, 350-700 watt solar panels, a tank stand with a 5,000Lt reserve tank and a tap. This solar powered pumping system uses some of the latest technology in the industry and is among the most efficient and simple pumps in the world. The system can pump water all day, the excess water is stored in an overhead tank. Solar pumps are low maintenance, require no manual operation and uses clean renewable energy.

Partner 3 transports and installs the equipment, takes samples of water yields, water quality testing and provides training in equipment maintenance.
The community nominates a small number of its members, who help install the pump and are trained in basic repairs, i.e. “Pump Minders” training. This partner is also responsible for support if technical issues arise.

Partner 4 performs water quality testing in a laboratory plus provides hygiene and sanitation training to the key community members. These members then share the education to the rest of the community via their normal communication channels.

Partner 5 Hopes and Dreams provides; governance through their in-country representatives and management advisory committee; project funding and overall project management.

All our projects have the expertise of a Hydro geologist who performs borehole testing to determine the water yield and water quality. We take steps to ensure that the water is fit for human consumption and meets the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.


Micro Enterprise Development (also known as Economic Empowerment) is the provision of small, collateral free loans to the entrepreneurial poor for employment opportunities. It’s designed to give a kick-start or assist entrepreneurs who lack access to financial services through the traditional banking sector for the purpose of them starting and building their own small business. As loans are repaid, this money is re-loaned to new beneficiaries.

The clients receive loans as groups not as individuals. This model keeps each member accountable to one another and improves the success of repayments, builds relationships between members both within the groups and at training sessions.

We target women who would not typically be able to borrow money from commercial banks so they are forced to borrow from loan sharks who charge exorbitant interest rates. Our in-country partners act similar to a bank, but this bank goes to the people and offers microcredit, which is affordable to the poor.

In many cases the poor often have both skills and ideas, but unless they have access to capital, they will never have a chance to implement any of them. MED helps the participants gain self-worth and live dignified lives.

We only lend money to those who are prepared to help themselves. We are not a charity in the usual sense of the word. Experience teaches that giving charity is not a long-term solution to extreme poverty. What we do is provide capital, facilitate loans and then create support systems for the clients so they will be successful in running their business.

MED provides economic independence and empowers the working poor to build their own future, take control of their financial situation and free themselves from poverty. MED helps develop the community as a whole.

By providing an opportunity to earn or increase their income there is an immediate and lasting impact on their quality of life. This enables the ability to afford food, clean water, proper shelter, healthcare and an education for their children. As business income increases, the business is able to expand and the effect spreads beyond the family into the local community; creating jobs, stimulating small businesses, contributing to the local economy which strengthens communities among the poor.

Micro Enterprise Development in South Africa

Our in-country partner, Phakamani Foundation (PF), is an established organisation with proven results in the field of providing Micro Enterprise Development opportunities to the entrepreneurial poor (women). The women we work with must have sustainable and sound micro enterprise ideas and the willingness to carry them out.

PF provides access to capital and guidance (through training and group support systems) to help them lift themselves out of poverty. This leads to income generation, savings and hope for entire families.

The loans issued by PF have a 98% repayment rate.

Hopes and Dreams assists PF in providing the facilitation of these loans so the clients can run their own viable businesses. We provide our clients with a “hand up, not a hand out” as they make their own way out of poverty.

Economic Empowerment in India

Hopes and Dreams India provide the entrepreneurial poor who have sustainable and sound small business ideas with access to capital and support systems. This leads to income generation, savings and hope for entire families. The women we target live in deep rural regions. They are amongst those considered to be the poorest of the poor.

With this opportunity they can either start their own viable small business or help take their small business to the next level, so that they then can qualify to meet the formal banking requirements and provide security.

All our programs are tailored to suit the geographical area of where the clients will run their business to ensure they succeed. Some examples of the sort of businesses the women operate are: tailoring, selling new clothes, selling fish, snack shops, selling sweets and selling fire wood.

We provide our clients with a “hand up, not a hand out” as they make their own way out of poverty.

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