Disability charities in South Africa are the most needed as the economy and support are not enough. People with disabilities make up 15 percent of the population in South Africa. Around 8 to 10 people that are disabled are unemployed.
South Africa has an unemployment rate of 27.7 percent. This is a clear indication that entrepreneurship would be the perfect solution. It will give people with disabilities more independence and the tools to be self-efficient and provide for their families and community as a whole. Disability charities
PROBLEMS DISABLED ENTREPRENEURS FACE
LACK OF EQUIPMENT
Lack of equipment and machinery. Physically disabled entrepreneurs said that facilities lacked equipment and accommodation for their condition.
Disabled entrepreneurs admitted lack of confidence thanks to the stigma around disabled people. People with disabilities have been stigmatized for centuries. In South Africa, disability is seen as a curse, disease or weakness.
EXCLUDED FROM BUSINESS NETWORKS
As mentioned previously, this is due to the stigma. Networking is vital for any business owner, but when disabled this isn’t easy. Disabled entrepreneurs said they struggle to form networks with others because of disability stigma.
Getting capital for a new business is a struggle for disabled South African entrepreneurs. Most said this was a problem, especially when trying to get loans from financial institutions.
“commercial banks do not want to offer loans to entrepreneurs living with physical disabilities…they are not confident in our competence to run businesses.”
Many don’t know about support centers or initiatives to support physically disabled entrepreneurs. Very few said they received support from the government – but it was barely enough to sustain them.
SKILLS AND TRAINING
Educated entrepreneurs have more opportunities than those that lacked education and skills.
“We do not have adequate knowledge and teaching on how to manage various entrepreneurial businesses.”