Community-wide access to wireless retail technologies (A2Pay) Project
Partner name: A2L Media Corp
Project name: Community-wide access to wireless retail technologies (A2Pay)
Funding round: CFP 2
Funding: Jobs Fund grant R78 000 000
Matched Funding R78 000 000
Window: Enterprise development
Location: National
Partners: Action Coach, Business Connexion and Stop Suffering Health Centre, MTN
Problem statement:
People living in rural and peri-urban areas often have to travel to urban centres to buy prepaid products such as electricity and airtime. This is very costly, especially for households living in poverty. There is a need for prepaid products to be made available in remote areas.
A2Pay, which specialises in mobile and fixed vending and distribution technology, has signed formal agreements with key players and service providers in the mining, manufacturing and construction sectors to allow fixed and mobile shops in their vicinities. It has also partnered with Stop Suffering Health Centre, a non-profit organisation affiliated to the Universal Church and other religious bodies in rural, informal and peri-urban communities throughout the country. The Universal Church’s congregation (4.4 million people, mostly living in rural areas) will be the primary target beneficiaries for this initiative, although it will be open to other people.
A2Pay developed technology that allows local people to sell prepaid products to informal settlement, peri-urban and rural consumers. This not only provides a much-needed service to the community, but also creates jobs. Each beneficiary will undergo training to operate the vending machine. They will then receive their own “biz booth”, which they will run themselves. A2Pay provides continued mentorship to assist entrepreneurs in the day-to-day running of the booth.
Expected results:
New permanent jobs 5 026
Training completed 5 026