- Nonhlanhla was diagnosed with cancer
- As she recovered, she started growing vegetables for food in plastic packets
- This led to a fully fledged business
When Nonhlanhla Joye was diagnosed with cancer, little did she know that her life would turn into a mission to stop hunger.
As she went through a lengthy recovery process, she could not work. She therefore turned to growing vegetables outside her home for food, Briefly.co.za learned.
However, chickens in her Cato Manor neighbourhood in KwaZulu-Natal destroyed her harvest. This inspired Nonhlanhla's innovation — farming in plastic packets.
Speaking to Beautiful News, Nonhlanhla said she created a "climate-smart system to grow vegetables."
She built a wooden structure upon which she placed plastic packets filled with soil and planted seedlings inside these packets. This innovation reduced water usage and increased yields.
The determined farmer soon began harvesting more vegetables than her family could eat. She therefore started selling and established Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.
Umgibe provides training in her innovation through 51 local cooperatives. Nonhlanhla's new farming method creates jobs in the rural areas and promotes environmental conservation.
Amazingly, Nonhlanhla won 11 awards in 2017 for her innovation, including the Impact² Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Paris, France. However, her mission is not yet done:
In the rural areas, unemployment could be a thing of the past. My purpose in life is to stop hunger.
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