Back local change

What we do


YGAP is an International Development not-for- profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation.

We back impact entrepreneurs - or as we like to call them ‘local leaders’ - with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.

Rather than imposing our perceived solutions on a foreign community, we support the local leaders who live there and have developed their own.

We believe the best solutions are entrepreneurial, so we focus on early stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.

We believe this is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because these local leaders understand the unique challenges of their communities. Our role is to help refine and scale their solutions.

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Our vision 

A world without poverty

Our mission

To help local entrepreneurs improve the lives of people living in poverty.


How we do it

raise funds


How do we fund our work?

We are entrepreneurs ourselves, and run profitable social ventures and fundraising efforts to fund our work.

We don’t rely on government handouts, monthly donations or bequests and we certainly don’t rattle tins on the street.

Our social enterprises are wholly owned and operated by YGAP, i.e. there are no impact investors, secret shareholders, or dividends paid to directors.




How does our impact model work?

YGAP finds, accelerates, supports and grows early stage ventures run by local leaders with solutions to poverty in their communities through its Spark accelerator program.

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Where do we work?

YGAP backs impact entrepreneurs in South Africa, Kenya, Bangladesh and Australia.

What does it mean to improve a life?

This means an impact entrepreneur is running a venture that creates jobs, builds better homes or improves access to education or healthcare services for people living in poverty. 

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Accelerator program

for impact entrepreneurs

our Rockstars



Provides daily lunches to keep children in school and break the cycle of poverty in her community. Food 4 Education runs a monthly mentorship program to keep them inspired.

After a nutritious lunch the children are focused, ready to absorb their lessons and enjoy their mentoring sessions with local university students and role models.

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Sifiso designs and manufactures functional and durable recycling collection trolleys with sufficient space for corporate marketing turning “Abomakgerezas”, a slang term used to describe waste collectors but which actually ‘means people who work extremely hard on the streets to survive’, into mobile billboards.

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Using a revolutionary classroom design, the African School for Excellence leverages technology to deliver world-class education through a network of high quality, low cost secondary schools in South African townships.

Noni is working hard to support these children who would otherwise be forced to leave school and enter the workforce at an early age.

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