I am Siyanda Duma, 31 years of age, from a small town in KwaZulu Natal Province called Greytown, South Africa.
Growing up in a rural area, my family and every other household had a piece of land they used to plant vegetables.
On daily basis when coming back from school we were expected to go and water those plants or take care of cattle. And the love of planting grew within me.
Now I am a policeman but I see the gap in youth involvement in agriculture. Also, with lack of job opportunities in my society I decided to use a piece of land we have at home to start planting vegetables.
I have two ladies that are helping me in my small project, an example of how I am helping to create job opportunities at a small scale. These ladies are looking after their families.
My latest harvest was of butternut squash which I managed to sell to my community. The rest was bought by a local supermarket.
I am looking further towards starting my Agro-processing company that will supply my community, local schools and local shops, with the vision of growing throughout Africa.
With the demand for food in our society, one has to look at different ways of helping out in the community by employing a few people and creating job opportunities.
At this stage I am working very closely with my mentor who is helping me with starting up this business. In the meantime, I am continuing with my vegetable business.
I am prepared to learn more about the industry.
This grant will help grow my business and also will help my community.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Siyanda Duma (South Africa) – siyandaue[at]gmail.com
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