Who We Are

Purpose and History

Since its inception in 1993, Breadline Africa, one of the biggest suppliers of converted shipping containers for poverty relief in Southern Africa, has provided more than 390 infrastructure units to resource-poor communities, and plans to bring this total to 450 during 2018, its 25th anniversary year.

Breadline Africa is also registered as a charity in the UK, Ireland and Netherlands.

Early in its development, the organisation recognised that a great deal of grassroots development had to take place as a part of the nation-building process and that government structures would not be in a position to provide all of the resources to facilitate this process. Breadline Africa placed its first converted shipping container in 1995 and now focuses on infrastructure projects benefiting early childhood development (ECDs – providing educational support to children between the ages of one and six years), and children and youth in literacy. Particular attention is given to rural and under-resourced communities.

Breadline Africa Golden circle
Breadline Africa believes that every child has the capacity to do something amazing with his or her life. When a child’s imagination is unlocked, possibilities are opened up, allowing them to choose a path for their own future. Breadline Africa enables this journey by providing initiatives and infrastructure to support childhood development in Southern Africa. The renovated infrastructure units are used as early childhood development centres, school libraries, kitchens and toilet blocks.