Stimulating local economic development through P.E.A.C.E HUBS in rural communities

ERP’s strategy is the protection and preservation elephants and rhinos in the wild, through poverty alleviation. Our poverty alleviation methodology covers Planning, Education, Agriculture, Cooperatives and Environment (P.E.A.C.E.). Central to the model is the strategic delivery of a network of cooperatively run P.E.A.C.E. Hubs within a local municipality, district municipality or traditional land area. The network consists of a central Hub which is connected to smaller satellite centres, known as Pods, in the surrounding area.  P.E.A.C.E Hubs serve to support primary cooperatives, through the provision of centralised financial management services and marketing.  P.E.A.C.E Hubs promote Local Economic Development (LED) by also providing access to educational opportunities, improved service delivery and networking opportunities. Each centre has the potential to serve as a central platform for the future development of infrastructure including healthcare and other local economic development initiatives. The model is cost effective, environmentally friendly and offers various CSI branding and marketing opportunities in previously inaccessible markets.

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Enabling communities to unlock and utilise local, natural resources in an economically sustainable manner

  • Providing IT driven access to information to initiate and support SMME’s and cooperatives in the fields of agriculture and tourism in related economic opportunities 
  • Improving education through access to distance learning – online training from pre-school through to tertiary level - entry level ICT training and internet café – environmental education being a key focus 
  • Facility to show movies for entertainment and educational purposes 
  • Access to health and family planning services – including telemedicine 
  • Community radio station – promoting the importance of cultural and environmental heritage