Entrepreneurs reap benefits

2019-04-24 06:02
From the left are Seipati Machere, Moleleki Nonyane and Konosi Ntsito of the Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba group from Botshabelo.Photo: Supplied

From the left are Seipati Machere, Moleleki Nonyane and Konosi Ntsito of the Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba group from Botshabelo.Photo: Supplied

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The Checkers Market Day in Bloemfontein, held by the group for entrepreneurial community garden produce, has unlocked market opportunities for local producers.

The Botshabelo-based Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba group has managed to find a niche market to sell its own produce to the Checkers branch in Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein.

The market day, hosted by Checkers stores across South Africa, was held on 4 April.

This year was the fourth edition of the initiative, which aims to create opportunities for participating fresh garden producers to find a niche market and grow to become sustainable.

The market day is for community-based producers who completed the basic capacity programme offered by Checkers.

Members were to produce various products such as creams, tinctures and essential oils using medicinal herbs.

The chief objective of the programme is to enable these community-based fresh garden producers to unlock a larger customer base.

As part of a hunger relief programme in South Africa, support is offered to this initiative.

Over 14 million South Africans daily struggle to find decent meals.

The Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba group first participated in the programme in 2017, and is now beginning to reap what was sown. Nyameka Nkhumise established the group in 2013.

It now supports 100 families through its fresh garden produce, and offers aftercare and youth and skills development programmes.

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