Jill Thompson (formerly Donahue) is a Microenterprise Development specialist with over 24 years of experience throughout Africa in project design, management and evaluation. She promotes innovative projects that cultivate opportunities for business growth and assesses the integrity of savings and credit delivery systems. Ms. Thompson has additional expertise in analyzing household economics and the role of microenterprise services to improve the ability of families and communities to cope with the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ms Thompson is also a Certified Service Provider of MicroSave’s “Market Research for Microfinance”.
Candice Camealio has been with Mpendulo since project activities began in 2008. She started as the administrative officer and was promoted to Finance Manager in 2010. Prior to 2008, she had 7 years experience as an administrative assistant to several local law firms. In addition, she obtained a certificate for conveyance and worked in that capacity for another 2 years for a local law firm. She also has a certificate in basic accounting and is proficient in the use of PASTEL accounting software.
Thembekile Tafi originally hails from Port Elizabeth and came to Jeffreys Bay in 2003. When he first arrived, there was no housing available anywhere and he had to find shelter where he could on the streets. Soon, though, he found work and moved into a rental shack. He worked in a cabinet company for 5 years before joining Mpendulo Savings as a Training Officer in July 2008. Thembekile says “When all the groups shared out at the end of my first year, I could not believe the difference the savings system made for the members. I was also jealous of the money they shared out. So, the following year I started my own savings group and now we’re in our 2nd year; everything is running smoothly. I’m proud that I practice what I preach”
Denise Lindiwe Yeye, joined in 2009 as a Training Officer for Mpendulo, previously working as a caregiver at an old age home. Lindiwe was born and raised in Hankey, then moved to Jeffreys Bay in 1996 after finishing secondary school to find work. She is also a single mother of a lovely 4 year old daughter. Lindiwe says of her work as a Training Officer, “I like to work with people, especially to see them saving their money for a better future for their kids, because I never had that chance in life. So if they can save and educate their kids, it makes me very happy. Self empowerment is what I stand for.”
Lynette Louis joined Mpendulo Savings in January 2009 as a Training Officer. She is originally from Humansdorp, not far from Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape. She works mainly with the Afrikaans speaking groups. Lynette says, “This project is my first real job and I am taking it very seriously. I love my work, because by helping people save their money, I believe it brings a huge difference in their lives.”
Board of Trustees
Sipho Simamane – Advice Office Coordinator. Sipho is an important community leader and very familiar with township structures and issues.
Michelle Dorfling – Project Manager of a faith-based organization, Joshua Project, which assists vulnerable children and youth. Michelle has been in Jeffrey’s Bay since January 2001.
Eugene Moore – has been an Inspector with SAPS for over 20 years. He has been the Jeffrey’s Bay SAPS Community Liaison Officer in the past and is well versed in community issues.
Pastor Mercy Cwayi – is the Director of “On Eagles’ Wings”, an NPO focusing on the restoration of families and the protection of abused women and children.
Cornelius Johannes Vlok – is a senior partner with the auditing firm, Moore Stephens. He will provide financial guidance to the Trust and ensure that the annual audit is conducted in a timely manner.