Fio Foundation

Empowering Communities, Igniting Change: Where Conscious Capitalism Thrives

Our Philosophy

At the core of Fio Foundation’s ethos lies the belief in the transformative power of conscious capitalism. Gone are the days of profit-driven ventures at the expense of community well-being. Instead, the foundation champions a model where profitability intertwines with social responsibility, where every action taken serves not only the bottom line but also uplifts the communities it touches.

The journey of the Fio Foundation began with a simple yet profound mantra:

 “Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.” 

This ancient wisdom served as the guiding principle, inspiring the Foundation to focus not on short-term fixes but on sustainable, long-lasting solutions.

One of the cornerstones of Fio Foundation’s initiatives is its commitment to empowering communities. Rather than imposing solutions from above, the foundation works hand in hand with local leaders and residents, other NGOs by respecting their knowledge, culture, and autonomy. Through collaborative efforts, we identify the unique challenges faced by each community and co-create tailor-made programs to address them.

In a rural village nestled among rolling hills, the impact of Fio Foundation’s approach becomes evident. Instead of simply donating food or resources, the foundation invests in education and skills training, equipping villagers with the tools they need to thrive independently. From agricultural workshops that teach sustainable farming practices to entrepreneurship seminars that foster local businesses, the community blossoms with newfound confidence and self-reliance.

But the ripple effects of Fio Foundation’s work extend far beyond the borders of any single community. As empowered individuals pay forward the knowledge and resources they’ve gained, a ripple effect of positive change spreads across regions, transforming entire societies from within.

At the Fio Foundation, our mission is to foster a world where conscious capitalism flourishes, and empowered communities thrive. Through collaborative initiatives and sustainable solutions, we strive to uplift individuals, equipping them with the knowledge and resources they need to create lasting positive change in their lives and communities.

Our vision at the Fio Foundation is a future where every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential, where economic prosperity coexists with social responsibility, and where the well-being of communities is paramount. We envision a world where the principles of conscious capitalism guide businesses and organizations towards sustainable growth, ultimately leading to a more equitable and prosperous society for all.

What do we do

  1. Empowerment through Education:
    Develop and implement educational programs that equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue sustainable livelihoods, fostering self-reliance and long-term empowerment.
  2. Community Engagement and Collaboration:
    Forge partnerships with local leaders, organizations, and stakeholders to co-create tailored solutions that address the specific needs and challenges of each community, ensuring inclusivity and cultural sensitivity.
  3. Sustainable Economic Development:
    Promote entrepreneurship, sustainable farming practices, and microenterprise development to stimulate economic growth within communities, fostering self-sufficiency and reducing dependency on external aid.
  4. Advocacy for Conscious Capitalism:
    Advocate for the adoption of conscious capitalism principles among businesses and organizations, emphasizing the importance of social responsibility, ethical business practices, and environmental stewardship.
  5. Impact Measurement and Evaluation:
    Implement robust monitoring and evaluation systems to assess the effectiveness and impact of our programs, ensuring accountability, transparency, and continuous improvement.
  6. Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building: Facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity-building initiatives to empower local leaders and organizations with the tools and resources needed to drive positive change within their communities.
  7. Innovation and Adaptability:
    Embrace innovation and adaptability to respond effectively to evolving social, economic, and environmental challenges, staying at the forefront of best practices and cutting-edge solutions.
  8. Global Outreach and Collaboration:
    Expand our reach and impact through strategic collaborations and partnerships with like-minded organizations and initiatives worldwide, amplifying our collective efforts towards a more equitable and sustainable future.

The Why

The Fio Foundation exists to address the systemic issues of inequality, poverty, and environmental degradation that plague our world today. We believe that conventional approaches to philanthropy and capitalism often fall short in creating meaningful and sustainable change. Our driving force is the conviction that by embracing the principles of conscious capitalism and empowering communities, we can build a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sustainable future for all.

Our values:

  • Serving a higher purpose
  • Conscious capitalism
  • Impact driven
  • Empower communities
  • Profitability serves sustainability
  • Responsible innovation
  • Entrepreneurs with integrity


Board Members

Martin Kuscus
Martin Kuscus

Chair of the board

Phillip J. Mostert
Phillip J. Mostert

Advisory Board member

Ajay Wasserman
Ajay Wasserman

Vice Chair

Dricus Liebenberg
Dricus Liebenberg


Juran van den Heever
Juran van den Heever

Advisory board member

Shanse Weyers
Shanse Weyers

Committee chair

Taryn Wasserman
Taryn Wasserman


Dehandre De Beer
Dehandre De Beer

Committee chair


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