6 farmers started co-operative from nothing and now supply food to community

6 farmers started co-operative from nothing and now supply food to community

- 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

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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.

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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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Source: Briefly.co.za

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