The Klein Karoo Agri Business Centre was founded in 2004 in response to National Government's integrated plan to fight poverty.
The KLEIN KAROO GROUP, ABSA and LANDBANK took hands with organised agriculture, i.e. AGRI KLEIN KAROO and accepted this challenge to enhance the quality of life of people living in the rural areas around Oudtshoorn.
The initial aim was to create a structure to initiate and develop agriculture related businesses to become profitable and sustainable to all sections of the community.
During 2008 the KLEIN KAROO AGRI BUSINESS CENTRE, supported by KLEIN KAROO INTERNATIONAL and the KLEIN KAROO CO-OPERATIVE, shifted its focus to be more community-based. The aim of the KLEIN KAROO AGRI BUSINESS CENTRE is set to establish ten community centres in the rural area of the Greater Oudtshoorn. Hereby 500 non-working farm dwellers will be taught various skills enabling them to benefit economically.
Two functioning community centres have already been established where trainees are manufacturing high quality products. Plans for the remaining eight community centres are in progress. Funding for these projects is taken care of by KLEIN KAROO COOPERATIVE and ABSA.