Poverty exists for the lazy ones

2016-11-03 06:00
Basela Boyisi and Nomonde Kweza believe food garden is the way to go, in Gugulethu.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Basela Boyisi and Nomonde Kweza believe food garden is the way to go, in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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An award winning small scale farmer says the word poverty exists only to those who do not want to work the soil, in Gugulethu.

Nomonde Kweza, 48, has a vegetable garden, known as Ulimo Lwethu Food Garden, at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, formerly known as Ekuphumuleni Old Age Home.

Kweza was crowned the Best Subsistence Farmer in the province and she went to represent the province in national level in Mahikeng, in 2014.

She fell in love with farming from a very young age and she never looked back.

“Farming is something that I was born and bred with and there is nothing else. It puts food in the table. I you are in agriculture you will never go hungry.

The word poverty does not exist to me, but it exists to people who do not want to work the soil. I have always been vocal and an ambassador for backyard garden. You do not need a big space to start a garden. Use the space that you have,” Kweza said.

Kweza passed diploma in education at the University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2005.

She then taught for a year at Belhar Primary School and then became an English, Biology and Maths for Goldern Arrow Bus Services teaching drivers who did not pass matric, up until 2011.

She also facilitates five other gardens in the area.

Kweza harvested some of her vegetables on Tuesday.

She has customers as far as Bloubergstrand and other customers are the ones who go Gugulethu Mall.

She also donates vegetables at the old age home where her garden is based.

Kweza has now created job opportunities to eight other residents in the area who help her with the farming.

Other people that benefit from her garden are those who work for Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) who get stipend.

Basela Boyisi, 84, is one of the residents who help Kweza with farming.

“The garden helps me a lot. I bring food on the table for my family. I save a lot of money, because I do not buy vegetables,” Boyisi said.

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