- Mama Mirriam Malunga and her friends started Modimo O Teng Agricultural Co-operative
- They started it in 2012 with almost no resources
- Today, they supply food to their community in Alexandra Township
Six residents of Alexandra Township in Gauteng supply their community with fresh farm produce through their Modimo O Teng Agricultural Co-operative.
Mama Mirriam Malunga and her five friends started the co-operative in 2012 after job prospects became dim, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to thumaminamovement.co.za, Malunga said they began with almost no resources. They farm on a piece of land left disused by a local commercial entity.
Their co-operative effectively turned the land into productive use after it was used as an illegal dumping site for a while.
The other members of the co-operative are Pat Monyepau, Margaret Thaba, Ethel Richardson, Nora Moselakgomo, and Lekau Nkonko.
As the youngest and most educated member, Nkonko handles the marketing aspects of the business.
The group also makes and supplies health juices to a local juice factory and old age home. The rest of their produce includes fresh vegetables and herbs.
Gauteng's department of social development provides the co-operative with marketing support.
Given the long and challenging journey they have been through, Malunga said they are proud of their current success. They hope to steer their co-operative into the big, commercial farming sector.
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