This season , due to the merit grant, who could supply seed and seedlings to 35 additional direct beneficiaries. These beneficiaries use their harvest for own consumption, but we also groom them to sell some of their harvest to generate an income or increase an existing income. we train them with basic small business skills on how to divide their income in three parts in order to sustain their small business. Twenty people become self sustainable and can now buy their own seed for future purposes.
What challenges did or does your project face?
CMR Food Gardens this year were crippled by a draught which we did not experienced in years. A lot of the gardeners are currently struggling to survive after the draught, but these people are still positive. We still do have water restrictions, but we believe that God almighty will provide. The beneficiaries of the communal garden receive water from a river and for the season, they did not have any water and could not plant at all.
How are you working to overcome them?
We embarked on talks with the Department of Water Affairs to supply the beneficiaries with water tanks. The beneficiaries who are part of the individual gardens, can install the tank if they do have gutters and if it rains, the tanks can be filled with water. They can then utilize these water for their gardens.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We learned that we should not waste water, even when we have lots of it. Water is life and we cannot go without it. Waste water should also be used to water one's garden.