Empowering Rural Youth in Agriculture
the Empowering Rural youth in Agriculture project came to a close in 2023 due to lack of funding. However, we want to share some of the many successes and stories from the youth and farmers.
You can help us continue this project and help 3000 youth sell R100 Million worth of goats and build their own goat and related agribusinesses.
“My name is Nompumelelo Zondi. I am 28 years old and I am one of the 3000 youth who are part of the Empowering Rural Youth in Agriculture project with Mdukatshani and HPSA. I have been proud to serve my community for the past six months.”
“I live at Sampofu near Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I have two children, a boy and a girl and live with my partner and family.”
Empowering Rural Youth in Agriculture Project is a partnership between Mdukatshani and HPSA, working in partnership as the Goat Agribusiness Project (GAP), and funded and supported by partners such as the Jobs Fund and National Youth Development Agency. The project employed 3000 rural youth across 150 project sites in KwaZulu Natal starting in April 2022.
“I was recruited in April and started work in June 2022. I have learned a lot during my time with the project about livestock and diseases and this gave me the idea to start my own business.”
“I started my blockmaking business in February 2023. So far, I have sold 118 blocks to farmers. I also sell at Tugela Ferry. It’s a busy place and where people buy groceries. I go around with my blocks selling by telling people the benefits of the blocks. I sell them for R20 each.”
Protein blocks are a supplemental feed for goats, usually the most vulnerable and made from five easily found ingredients. The recipe can be found here. HTTPS://WWW.GAPKZN.CO.ZA/RESOURCES/GOAT%20BLOCK%205%2017%20BROCHURE.PDF
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“I AM NONHLE MAGWANYANA. I AM 25 YEARS OLD AND A PARTICIPANT IN THE EMPOWERING RURAL YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE PROJECT WITH HPSA AND MDUKATSHANI (GOAT AGRIBUSINESS PROJECT).”
“I COME FROM ELANGENI which IS NEAR MUDEN IN KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTh AFRICA. I HAVE A SON WHO IS 8 YEARS OLD AND I LIVE AT HOME WITH FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS.”
“THROUGH THIS PROJECT AND THE STIPENDS I MADE DURING THE TIME I WORKED, STARTING IN 2022, I WAS ABLE TO START MY OWN BUSINESS SELLING FOOD AT MUDEN COMBINED SCHOOL IN MUDEN. I SELL A VARIETY OF THINGS RANGING FROM SANDWICHES, HOTDOGS, POPCORN, CHIPS TO COOL DRINKS AND FRUIT.”
EMPOWERING RURAL YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MDUKATSHANI AND HPSA, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP AS GAP, AND FUNDED AND SUPPORTED BY PARTNERS SUCH AS THE JOBS FUND AND NATIONAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. THE PROJECT EMPLOYED 3000 RURAL YOUTH ACROSS 150 PROJECT SITES IN KWAZULU NATAL STARTING IN APRIL 2022.
“I BUY MY SUPPLIES FROM GREYTOWN AND THEN FIGURE OUT MY PROFIT. I GENERALLY CAN SELL ABOUT R600 A DAY AT THE SCHOOL AND WHEN THERE IS LEFT OVER FRESH FOOD, I TAKE IT TO THE CLOSEST TOWN AND SELL THE REST AND GET ANOTHER R300 OR SO. I ALMOST ALWAYS SELL EVERYTHING. I WILL KEEP EXPANDING MY BUSINESS, MAYBE INTO HOT FOODS LIKE VETKOEK. THE TEACHERS HAVE SAID THEY WOULD BUY IT.”
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