Our Partners

Word of Mouth

Areas of Focus

Economic Empowerment
South Africa

Word of Mouth unlocks the potential of the informal economy and its entrepreneurs by building South Africa�s first online marketplace to exclusively serves informal settlements. We stimulate local trade in informal areas by building trust, capacity, and connections, to create new livelihoods opportunity where it is needed most.

Simon Barson


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Simon Barson has spent the last 10 years working in the non-profit and social enterprise space. Since graduating from Manchester Business School, he has focused his skills, energy, and passions on applying the best business practice to social good; from working for a charity that created economic empowerment opportunities for HIV-positive women to conducting research on third-generation biofuels as a potential for livelihood creation in rural China. The culmination of this passion has been founding and running the social enterprise, Word of Mouth.

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