"Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating on the African continent face several challenges that threaten their growth and sustainability. These include limited access to markets, informality, financial inadequacies, and a lack of vital business skills in planning, financial management, marketing, and operations.
In response, diversified Pan-African financial services group, Sanlam together with the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) Enterprise and Supplier Development Initiative have developed a programme to help entrepreneurs gain access to markets, funding, and skills. Sanlam’s support for entrepreneurship is driven through the Sanlam Enterprise Supplier Development programme (ESD), which offers a tailored solution for business owners that caters exclusively to their needs.
Started several years ago, the group’s ESD programme has been advocating and supporting the acceleration of the growth of small and medium businesses in their supply chain."
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