- Babalwa Nkomo was unemployed for a long time
- She turned to vegetable farming in her garden
- She has now transformed it into a business that sustains her family
A young woman from Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, found a way to overcome her unemployment — through small-scale farming.
Babalwa Nkomo, a mother of two daughters, was unemployed for four years after obtaining her matric, Briefly.co.za learned.
According to Herald Live, she resorted to doing something she learned from her mother as a child, which is growing vegetables in her garden.
Babalwa, 36, turned her passion into a business that now sustains her family. She sells her vegetables to members of her community in KwaNobuhle. In an interview, she explained:
Since starting this, I've never gone to bed hungry and if my daughters need anything, I'm able to buy it for them and that makes me extremely happy.
The determined farmer is keen to supply her produce to retail outlets in order to expand her market, but needs a much bigger farm.
She expressed hope that the current land reform efforts would benefit the youth more. However, they should have an interest in farming and should be given the necessary skills.
Babalwa urged young people to turn to farming, even in their small gardens, in order to tackle unemployment. She added:
Instead of stressing about being unemployed, do something because I'm a living example that you can sustain yourself through gardening.
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