- A young Limpopo farmer inspired many people in her village after she started a successful back yard nursery
- She has inspired others in the community to follow similar routes
- Shanen Rikhotso also makes a profit from selling her veggies to local in her community
A young Limpopo woman is making a huge difference in her impoverished community. This after she came up with the innovative idea to grow vegetables inside a nursery in her very own backyard.
Shanen Rikhotso first set out on a mission to change the general outlook of her rural village called N’wamitwa, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo after she noticed that the place was plagued by unemployment and youths who have nothing else to do but do drugs and drown their sorrows in alcohol.
Shanen is slowly changing all of that by proving to others that there are opportunities for growth even in a small village. Using herself as an example, she planted veggies in her backyard which soon became a nursery which she decided to call, Ntsakelo’s Nursery.
Her clientele which is largely comprised of youngsters in her community is left both inspired and motivated by her blossoming business and find themselves also wanting to get into the agriculture business.
“Agriculture holds great opportunities for youth. A lot of young people in my community have been able to generate income for themselves by growing vegetables that started off as seedlings in my nursery. Hearing me say it, it’s a great feeling,” she says.
She also says that her mom has played a big role in her success, always pushing her to become better with continuous support.
“I am glad to have a supportive mom, when I come with an idea, she never rejects it. I can say she is the backbone. She said it’s great and helped me to get the nursery up and running.”
Briefly.co.za also reported how a local woman recently became the change she wanted to see when she started a community garden to help locals in her village. According to her Facebook post in popular group ImStaying, she started the garden to help youths.
Zandile Mthembu explained that the youngsters in her village do not have much to do but drink a lot of alcohol and sit around being unproductive. This is when she started the garden which she uses to rehabilitate those who've developed a drinking addiction.
In the post, she also explains how her garden not only employs ten people, it also employs five temporary staff members. Zandile's hopes of making a difference are also achieved as many are fed and kept busy working in the garden fields.
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