The Rhiza cycle is a model that we developed to structure our projects. It consists of 4 phases:
During the first phase, we focus on development of the community. This is achieved through initiation of projects regarding education, healthcare and skills development. By initiating projects demand based / in collaboration with the local communities, we create the foundation to make the community self-sustainable. An example is the mobile medical clinic in Diepsloot. Besides primary healthcare and mother-and childcare this clinic offers dental health services as well. This is necessary since many children cannot visit school if their dental health is inadequate, which can lead to many diseases and aches.
During the last phase the community is capable of, partly because of the increased income, providing education and healthcare for themselves. Our engagement in the community can decrease towards a monitoring and advisory role. The community is financially and in terms of knowledge and skills self-sustainable
Usually after a period of one to three years, we will start with the production of goods and services. The knowledge that was gained, is now put to use through production. Also in this area, ownership of the community and collaboration with companies and the local government are the focus of our approach. Collaboration with companies can for example lead to job opportunities after the education is completed. An example is that people that we trained produce goods for one of the largest supermarkets in South Africa. Also in here collaboration with local parties such as companies are key in our approach
When production is optimized, local (and usually young) entrepreneurs will trade their goods and services that they offer based on their education. This will increase the income of the community significantly. Through this, it becomes possible that after a period of maximally ten years, the community is self-sustainable