LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives to bring thought leaders, men and women who are pathfinders, entrepreneurs and change agents, men and women who have affected the very fibre of our thought processes, who influence our set of beliefs, and engage our mindsets in elements of value.

LORA has invite experienced entrepreneurs to share their stories with us.

On Saturday, 09 June 2018, we are hosting entrepreneur Ms Leeko Makoene.

Born in Makapanstad Village, Hammanskraal, amongst a family and a community of subsistence farmers, Leeko completed her Junior degree at the University of Cape Town, followed by a post- graduate Business Degree at the Gordons Institute of Business Science

She has completed short-courses in Chicken Hatchery Management, farm Management and Bee-keeping.

She is the founder of Made with Rural, a platform that links small and medium scale farmers in rural areas to sustainable market by first; assisting them to be market ready and to understand the business side of farming. Our “Group-Buying & Selling” Model has successfully linked 25 farmers with formal markets, across the Province, moving between 8 and 35tons of fresh product out of previously in-active communal farms.

She is currently supplying McDonalds, KFC, Pick N Pay, Fresh-mark, Burger King & Spar, through the enterprise development program with Dew Crisp, and also supplies some small restaurants and vegetable stored directly.

Leeko is also the founder of Chilladiddo Foods, an agro-processing business that produces tasty chili relishes and condiments and will soon be processing vegetables of our Made with Rural network farmers that don’t meet spec. 70% of ingredients used in our Sauces are supplied by rural farmers in our network and every R2 spent from purchasing these products is donated back to these farmers in the form of chili seedlings so they can be able to continue supplying us with raw ingredients.

She is also a co-founder of Farm-Connect an exciting Agri-tourism business that exposes young people and rural farmers to the world of commercial farming and food production, through a camp and tour. Our rural villages and communities have a lot to offer and

Come join us and interact with Mme Leeko Makoene on her entrepreneurship journey.

Date: Saturday, 09 June 2018

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Charge: R100  

Space is very limited.

To RSVP and pay: roche@loracentre.com

[LORA Centre students and alumni get 100% discount]

Venue: Midrand [3 Tybalt Place, Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Vorna Valley, Midrand. [there is secured parking]

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