Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Project Center

Cape Town, South Africa


Spaza shops provide essential services to local residents but struggle to succeed due to inadequate business skills and a weak supply chain. The goal of our project was to strengthen spaza shops by implementing the Triple Trust Organisation's programmes in Monwabisi Park and forming a spaza association. We organized a business training session, enrolled eleven people in Shop-Net, and facilitated the formation of a spaza business network. There is still room for improvement, but our work created a starting point for further development.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs