The Impact of COVID-19 on South African Small Businesses

Discover how South African small businesses navigated the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about their innovative strategies, the shift to digital platforms, and how they tackled the load shedding crisis. Dive into the role of digital transformation in opening new opportunities in e-commerce and tech sectors.

businesses empowered

Unlocking potential

one business at a time

YAWBIT is more than a program; it embodies the core values of TechnoServe – to empower and enable change, one business at a time. Our dedication to business development and mentoring aligns perfectly with our vision of a world where all people have the opportunity to improve their lives through entrepreneurship. We are committed to these values and the meaningful transformations they bring. As we reflect on these remarkable statistics from our year 2 report, we are invigorated to continue our mission, impacting lives and unlocking the potential of countless businesses, paving the way for a brighter future. As we move forward, we are thrilled to see an increasing number of businesses connecting with lucrative market opportunities, a testament to our mission of unlocking potential and fostering sustainable economic growth.

Recruitment Insights:

Fostering Growth and Innovation


Businesses that thrived against odds

Survival to Recovery Phase


Businesses scaling new heights

Growth Phase Dynamics


Businesses that thrived against odds

Empowering Diversity

Survival to recovery

Growth Phase Program

Unmatched Support

Where business aspirations take flight

Growth Phase


Opening for Application – 1 September 2022

Close Applications –  15 December 2022

Interviews and Visits –  January 2023

Shortlisting –  December 2022

Onboarding of Entrepreneurs –  January 2023

Programme Commences – January 2023

Wow, words can’t even describe the transformation that our business has incurred ever since joining the YAWBIT program. We have incurred a tremendous amount of growth. We have gained so much valuable information and insight. This is the best program! Honestly, this is really an amazing opportunity, and I am truly thankful to be a part of it.

Mamello Mofokeng

So far the YAWBIT program has been phenomenal. From the material and value being shared to the way our business Coach (Coach Scelo) has went above and beyond for us. This journey has shaped and moulded Te Amo Properties in an amazing way. Thank you so much to everyone within the program and for making this program possible.

Thandeka Lukhele

My goal is to become the best in business analysis and learn in-demand industry skills to apply in the real world. With these few weeks on the program, I see a lot of improvement personally and in my business. I am looking forward to learning more and apply what I've learned in my business. I am very thankful and feel very blessed to be in this program.

Mankhedi Designation

From the first time being given the opportunity to be a part of the program I've taken a lot of knowledge, guidance and lessons which I'd look back and say if it wasn't for YAWBIT, I would have not known this much. It's an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to learn even more.

Basetsane Marcia Mohale

Yawbit programme is doing more then i expected. It is the programme that is really needed for business like mine or small businesses that Are willing to learn and grow. Quality training and everything of it is the best.

Lebogang Mabula


    our story

    The Youth And Women Business In Tech program is a 30 months programme that is aimed at supporting Tech Businesses in Gauteng, Qheberha, East London, Limpopo, Mbombela, eThekwini & Cape Town, with tools and knowledge to help them reduce the pandemic’s negative impact and grow their businesses. The 18 months of the programme will focus on survival to recovery and the last 12 months focusing on growth.