Affordable micro-enterprise opportunities

Rutec, a leading African micro-economic delivery agency, has developed more than 80 affordable, simple-to-operate production systems suitable for small-scale manufacturing. Start-up kits are available for enterprises in a diverse range of sectors such as food processing, building and construction and consumer goods and services (see list below).< Rutec, a leading African micro-economic delivery agency, has developed more than 80 affordable, simple-to-operate production systems suitable for small-scale manufacturing. Start-up kits are available for enterprises in a diverse range of sectors such as food processing, building and construction and consumer goods and services (see list below).
Start-up capital required ranges from about $80 to $2,000 or more, depending on the requirements. Rutec also manufactures equipment to customer specification and assists with the identification and design of appropriate equipment.
Included in every start-up kit are instructions regarding the equipment and manufacturing process as well as a table detailing the quantities of raw material needed to achieve certain production capacities. A short business perspective provides guidelines as to what is required to make the specific enterprise successful.
Many of the kits offer customers a choice of electric, fuel driven or manual equipment and in some cases even solar powered options.
Also available are “one-stop-shop” solutions providing practical and business training, equipment, raw materials and access to micro-loans.
In addition to creating entrepreneurial opportunities, Rutec offers large organisations (corporates, government development agencies and donors) research and development consulting services and turnkey project management in the micro-sector.
Rutec was established in 1987 and has since assisted over 15,000 people in becoming productive and has helped more than 800 community groups in starting income-generating projects.
Some of the start-up kits that are available are:

  • Atchar production
  • battery charging
  • beer brewing
  • bleach making
  • block making
  • bread baking
  • brick making
  • broiler production
  • candle making
  • carpet cleaning
  • chip production
  • concrete products manufacture
  • contract wall building
  • dairy products (butter, maas, yoghurt)
  • egg production
  • feed milling
  • fence making
  • fruit juice production
  • gravestone manufacture
  • hair cutting
  • ice-lolly production
  • key cutting
  • leather production
  • leather tanning
  • maize milling
  • oil production
  • peanut processing
  • polish production
  • roof and floor tile manufacture
  • scrap recycling
  • shoe repair
  • silkscreen printing
  • sugar cane processing
  • sweet production
  • timber production
  • tyre repair
  • vegetable and crop farming
  • vegetable drying
  • window frame production
    Rutec: Tel +27 11 832-1036 fax +27 11 838 5562 rutec@iafrica.com Rosina@rutec.co.za