From housewife to global fruit exporter: Meet KZN's Smangele Gumede

From housewife to global fruit exporter: Meet KZN's Smangele Gumede

- Smangele Gumede was tired of simply being a housewife

- She became a farmer and now owns a 220ha that produces various fruits

- She supplies her produce both locally and abroad

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Smangele Gumede wanted to do something a bit more challenging than simply being a housewife, so she became a farmer in 2007.

Today, she owns the 220-hectare Intathakusa farm in Nkwalini, KwaZulu-Natal, Times Live reports.

The farm produces various fruits, including lemons, grapefruits, oranges, and sugarcane. Thanks to it, Smangele is now a top supplier locally and exporter abroad.

Smangele is a top exporter of fruits. Source: Times Live

Smangele is a top exporter of fruits. Source: Times Live

In an interview, the successful farmer and businesswoman explained how she started off:

Initially, I just wanted something to keep me busy as I was tired of being a housewife. We started as a co-operative with land leased from the Department Agriculture and Rural Development.

Other members of the co-operative branched off into other farming sectors, leaving only Smangele and her husband.

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They then received a R7million funding boost that enabled their business to take off. The farm has created jobs for around 60 permanent and seasonal workers, Briefly.co.za learned.

Smangele also won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at KZN's 2017 Agriculture Female Entrepreneur Awards. She advised farmers to work hard to access the export market:

It takes hard work, passion, sacrifice and dedication. You have to produce the best and be able to meet strict food and safety standards.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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