Diane Pieters and her team is reducing poverty in South Africa by providing an avenue for people to become successfully self-employed as organic farmers.
Margate, South Africa -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/02/2013 -- Siyavuna is a non-profit registered in South Africa. They operate in KwaZulu-Natal in one of the poorest districts. They currently work with 450 rural farmers, the oldest is 83 and the youngest is 14. Over 80% of these farmers are women. Their work is highly innovative and they have recently been recognized for this by being listed as a finalist for the prestigious Mail and Guardian's national Drivers of Change awards.
Diane Pieters and her team helps people to transition out of poverty by training rural families to grow organic fruit and vegetables. Once they've been trained they start their own organic gardens and join their local Farmers Association and Agri-Co-operative. The Co-operative buys produce from farmers on a weekly basis, paying them cash on the spot for their produce and then sells the produce in urban areas under a brand called Kumnandi (means delicious). Siyavuna’s team of mentors work side by side with farmers – helping them with agricultural skills and helping them to develop their gardens as a small business.
The next step for Siyavuna is to help the Farmers Co-ops to develop value-added product lines such as salad packs, herb packs, soup packs and the like. These sell at higher prices than normal fresh produce and will certainly boost the income of the Farmers’ Co-operative which will help it to be self-sustainable. They also plan to establish agri-processing facilities enabling farmers to process their produce that has a longer shelf life and can also be sold at better prices. Examples include making dried fruit, chili powder, chutneys or jams.
The team led by Diane is aiming to raise $8500 towards the training and mentoring of emerging farmers including printing of a training toolkit; $5500 towards IT infrastructure urgently needed, $2000 towards printing Product Information Growing Guides for each of the farmers, $8000 towards setting up the Farmer Support Center and $6000 for their first agri-processing project.
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: September 20, 2013 - November 19, 2013 (11:59pm PT).
Indiegogo Page: http://bit.ly/19Dm1aV
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