A young Bloemfontein farmer, Kanyi Gabiro, is making a name for herself in the agricultural sector. She sells washed, chopped and packaged fresh fruit and vegetables, all of which she lovingly grows herself.
Her business, SA Fruition (Pty) Ltd, has been operating for six months, supplying its products to local businesses and individuals.
The 23-year-old has a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry and is currently doing a MSc degree in Global Energy and Climate Policy. She started out in agriculture on a voluntary basis.
“I was willing to work for free to gain experience."
The experience of working with farm-workers developed her ability to build with her hands and fix problems quickly.
She started her business by tapping into her savings and loaning some money from her parents. Then she planted low-cost, high-demand vegetables.
“I would like to see more young people getting involved in agriculture, producing food and creating food security in South Africa."
She says that it is fulfilling for her to see a small seed she planted go on to produce something bigger
“But most rewarding for me is making a sale and having financial independence."
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