Funds bloom for GrowBox

2018-03-13 06:00
Renshia Manuel from GrowBox holding one of her self-made grow boxes.PHOTO: AISHAH CASSIEM

Renshia Manuel from GrowBox holding one of her self-made grow boxes.PHOTO: AISHAH CASSIEM

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Hanover Park resident Renshia Manuel is set to crowdfund her award-winning community project during the month of March with the aim of accommodating more people in her community. The single mother of four walked off with third prize for her local business, GrowBox, at last year’s Engen Pitch and Polish entrepreneurial workshop and competition (“Growing the future”, People’s Post, 19 December 2017).

Manuel say her aim to take basic food nutrition and sovereignty to the people who need it the most, while fostering the development of sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural practices, can only materialise with the help of the public. She aims to raise R150 000 for her backyard nursery that she wants to move onto a vacant property nearby.

The proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to purchase much-needed equipment to start off the project at the new location­.

“We all know that most disadvantaged households from urban and peri-urban settlements are solely dependent on government social grants but at the same time these households have limited to no land spaces around their homes. Even if spaces are available, the land available between informal homes is not conducive for food gardening,” she says.

“GrowBox therefore supports and educates disadvantaged households to sustainably grow their own food organically at their own homes.

“Our services include weekend food gardening workshops, vegetable and herb seedlings, veggie boxes and permaculture­ consultancy­.”

Manuel says the funds raised during this crowdfunding campaign will be used for fencing and gates, grow tunnels, netting and poles for the net houses, a table saw and woodworking machinery, shipping containers, and for the purchasing of necessary inputs such as water tanks, a borehole, irrigation and pumps.

With this, she also aims to employ and empower other unemployed mothers through the nursery by growing vegetable seedlings in larger quantities to be sold to retail nurseries, communal gardens and commercial farmers in and around Cape Town.

V For more information, visit GrowBox on Facebook­.

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