Regular Registration Deadline: August 2, 2019

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If you are not a MasterCard Foundation scholar. full tuition, room and board payment must be received to reserve your place in the program.





One Week Enrollment

August 26th - 30th or

September 2nd- 6th 2019






Two Weeks Enrollment

August 26th– September 6th 2019






Tuition includes all reading materials, a USB, and field trips. Room and board accommodations at the Redlands Hotel are single occupancy in private rooms with a private bathroom. Room and board includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and twice-daily coffee/tea breaks during class sessions. Internet access through wireless in common areas is available. Accommodation and meals are covered from Sunday night arrival until Saturday morning departure. If you enroll for two weeks, Saturday night, August 31, will also be included (room, dinner, and breakfast).

Please note: If you require extra nights before or after the accommodation included, then please email

Payment Information

A deposit of $500.00 is due within 10 days of registration. The balance of workshop fees is due before your arrival in Pietermaritzburg. Payments may be made by credit card or wire transfer.  Wire transfer is preferred.

The following is our reimbursement policy in the event of cancellation:

Two weeks or more prior to the workshop:                Full reimbursement, less transfer fees

One week to two weeks prior to the workshop:         50% reimbursement, less transfer fees

Less than one week from the workshop:                   No reimbursement

Wire transfer

Please contact VSL Associates on or telephone +49 176 72483304 or +49 212 818305 for Wire Transfer Instructions Transaction must be completed in U.S. Dollars

Be sure to include your name on the draft and send us an email letting us know that it has been processed. Please add a $35 fee to cover the cost of the transfer and other Bank charges. Note, there is no standard rate for such costs and therefore it may vary from the recommended $35. In such a case, if your payments are either short or greater than the amount you owe, we will settle it while you are at the SMDP. The payment amount will be based on the notification we receive from our bank as to what the actual deposit is, therefore make sure you correspond with us a regarding this.

Credit Card

If you wish to pay by credit card please contact the SMDP office at or call +1 508-574-3285 and we can take your card information over the phone. 

Once your deposit or full payment has been received we will send you an e-mail confirmation and will e-mail you a Letter of Acceptance, which you may need when applying for a South African visa.

Note: No cash payments for tuition and housing costs will be accepted at the program.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship Deadline: July 19, 2019

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You may apply for a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship, which are available for each week of the course, but only if you meet the following Selection Preferences. Please note, scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. We will award at least twelve full or partial scholarships.

Selection Preferences:

  • Women practitioners.
  • Practitioners who have at least two years of experience in the microenterprise development field
  • Practitioners who work in Africa
  • Practitioners currently involved in or planning to begin Savings Groups programs
  • Practitioners who work for NGO or Development Finance Institutions and policy development organizations
  • Candidates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, preferably from rural and resource-poor areas
  • Applicants who make some level of financial contribution to tuition, room/board, and/or travel costs

Recommendation Criteria:

Scholarship recommendations will be determined by the following criteria:

  • How well does the applicant meet the selection preferences listed above?
  • What is the stated financial need of and actual support committed from each candidate?
  • Based on the candidate’s stated background profile, how will the scholarship make an impact on their professional development and to their organization?