Grant Announcement: Inzalo Community Project
Empowers Africa is proud to continue its support of the Inzalo Community Project’s Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden with a grant of USD 4,000. Located in the Utah village on the outskirts of the Sabi Sands, the Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden grows fresh produce to sell to nearby safari lodges, provides children at the nearby primary school with vegetables, and allots food parcels to the women who work in the garden. The same team of nine ladies has been operating community gardens for nearly twelve years, and finally settled their business on a plot of land adjacent to Manyangana High School.
The Thornybush Collection, alongside other organizations, has supported the ladies’ endeavor in the realms of business strategy, financial and administrative support, logistics, sales, and infrastructure development. Since the garden’s inception a few years ago, it has received shade netting, a packing and refrigeration unit, restrooms, a borehole, water storage tanks and a rainwater harvesting system.
Thornybush’s goal is for this garden to become completely sustainable and achieve its own development goals, independent of continuous outside facilitation. Currently, the garden is working on building a nursery for seedling production, installing water-harvesting earthworks, organizing waste-management, and developing a micro-organism composting program, among other endeavors. This year, Empowers Africa’s grant will go towards building a new fence around the garden.