Inzalo Community Project
Empowers Africa made a USD 8,500 grant to The Inzalo Community Project to build a post harvest building at the Utah Garden Project in order to wash, clean, dry and pack vegetables and herbs and keep them cool before delivery. The grant also provided funding for the purchase of 2 water tanks and stands to store water from a borehole that will be drilled on site.
Inzalo Community Project is a South African nonprofit that runs community development projects in the communities outside of both the Thornybush and Sabi Sands Reserves in South Africa. The foundation, along with The Thornybush Collection, has championed two amazing women’s cooperative gardens. The Utah Community Project is a productive community garden run by a group of 9 volunteer mothers who sell produce to 10 neighboring eco-tourism lodges in the Sabi Sands and Thornybush Reserves. The garden also supplies food to approximately 700 students who attend the adjacent local school high school (Manyangana High School). The 9 women who run the garden are given the weekly proceeds from sales of produce providing important financial support for these ladies and their families. In addition, each volunteer mother receives a weekly produce package for her family. The second garden is located at the Hananani Primary School. This garden supplies daily produce for the approximate 150 students at the school. The two women who run the garden receive a monthly salary and a weekly produce package for their families.
Empowers Africa is proud to be part of these very successful community projects!