South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other


The group of women tending the veggie garden work tirelessly to ensure a good harvest.

A gardening project has grown into a sustainable food source for families in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

By Lloyd MacKenzie
Highway Mail
Dec 11, 2017


One woman’s dream of helping to empower others has grown and flourished in 10 years and now ensures that more than 250 people have food in their bellies before they go to bed at night.

Ten years ago, Lydia Hlope started feeding more than 150 adults and children in the KwaNyuswa area with vegetables from a community garden they named Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

Those who work in the garden receive vegetables to take home to their dependants.

Watering the seedlings was a big problem for the elderly gardeners as the only source of water was a spring and a small stream, forcing the gogos to carry watering cans for a considerable distance to and from the stream.

Since the installation of the two big JoJo tanks, the water is now fed to several watering points in the garden where the watering cans are easily filled.

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