An integrated, holistic, sustainable approach to community
driven and partnered Local Economic Development.

Mission Statement

In the understanding that development means the development of people, it is our objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools and information to bring about their own development, and in so doing, improve educational and economic opportunities in their communities.


Working in partnership with the private sector and local and traditional leadership, we stimulate Local Economic Development and provide support services to rural communities

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Providing online and remote access to educational support material and training courses from pre-school to tertiary

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Transforming subsistence farming into commercially sustainable cooperatives and industrializing the agricultural sector

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Providing essential centralized financial management and marketing support services to primary cooperatives

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Creating sustainable jobs through waste management- collection and recycling. We also support eco-tourism ventures

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Addressing Rural Poverty

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom” – Nelson Mandela


The Challenge: Endemic Rural Poverty

Some 15 million rural South Africans remain trapped in poverty, due to the social engineering of apartheid and the priority given to urban industries in the previous government’s economic policies. Reversing the damage of apartheid’s economic and educational policies and bridging the gap between rural and urban communities is a daunting challenge. Rural communities endure underdeveloped local infrastructure and an inability to communicate effectively through modern means, due to their physical location. Limited fixed line telephone access, no access to the internet and inadequate cell phone signal coverage, make sustainable economic development a huge challenge.


A Solution: The P.E.A.C.E Model

Established 21 years ago, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation has, over the years, developed a model which has proven its efficacy in a number of communities – creating cooperative jobs, improving education and providing essential, centralized services, to support cooperatives. The P.E.A.C.E. Model has been evaluated by Ashoka as being designed to coordinate and facilitate strategies for the alleviation of poverty in rural communities through the promotion and support of LED. At the heart of the model is the provision of centralized community access to information that supports and promotes LED initiatives, with a focus on the cooperative approach and improved educational standards. The model which is original, sustainable and replicable has an holistic approach to development, which accommodates and services the five central components of the P.E.A.C.E. acronym.

Latest News


The Thinana buyback centre is one of the recipients of the 2015 SEED Awards, having been selected as an exceptional social and environmental enterprise. More than 500 applications were reviewed for 2015, and only 27 were successful throughout Africa. Out of those, 6 were from South Africa and our Thinana Recycling buyback centre was one of them. The awards are organised annually…




The PEACE Foundation is now part of groupelephant.com, a group of companies which is characterised by a strategic imperative in terms of which for the first time in its 30-plus year history, now goes ‘Beyond Corporate Purpose’ in its day-to-day activities.  Rather than simply engaging in the practice of donating a percentage of revenue or profits to charities, the ‘Beyond Corporate Purpose’ initiative…


Media Release: PETCO Partners in Cooperative Development Project in Polokwane

PETCO has partnered with the PEACE Foundation to improve the working conditions and better equip the ladies of the Senwabarwana Recycling Project in Polokwane who sustain a living from the collection and sale of recyclables. The recycling project is operated by Thinana Recycling And Waste Management Primary Co-operative Limited comprising five women. “Crucial to the success of our visible recycling initiatives is…



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Activities related to the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation's projects in the United States are sponsored and supported by Lift Up Africa. LUA provides support and services to build the knowledge, power and effectiveness of its projects. To learn more please visit www.LiftUpAfrica.org