THE PROBLEM: The community in the Hout Bay township face issues with poverty, hunger and gangsterism.
THE INSIGHT: The girls have a very successful garden at their school and a love for gardening which they could share with their community.
THE CHALLENGE: Create a means to share this passion for gardening to help people get involved in a constructive activity which can provide them with healthy food.
THE SOLUTION: Sakhulife is a program which teaches community members to plant their own food to grow wonderful vegetables. They have partnered with the local police station to make use of some of their land and have identified a few other areas within the township to start gardens. The girls run workshops with community members and teach them how to start their own gardens. They will then have a market where they will sell all of the produce from the gardens with a commission in order to create a revenue stream for the community.
THE IMPACT: Several gardens have been started and many community members have been upskilled in gardening. The girls’ garden at the school has started selling their produce to local markets, restaurants, including a four star hotel.
ACHIEVEMENTS: Winner of Best Presentation, 2015.