Money for fees
Simbongile Mzimeli (62) got involved in the project after hearing that his five hectares of land, which he had not been farming, could be turned into a form of income for his family.
“When this project started, I had two plots that I was not using. Now I am farming five hectares and learning about new ways to do things,” he says.
The income he generates has allowed him to send two of his children to Walter Sisulu University’s Butterworth campus, where they are studying engineering and chemistry, a dream he couldn’t imagine before.
“The money I am earning here helps me a lot. Right now it is funding my children at university. I would love to continue with this.
“In the beginning, half of the people were not willing to sign up for the project. They didn’t have trust. Now they see what a success it is, they want to join. We own this project and profit from it.”