Programme helps Noupoort farmers
TWO community entrepreneurs, who graduated from an Enterprise Development Programme funded by Noupoort Wind Farm in the Northern Cape, are reaping the benefits of their poultry and egg laying business.
Two local Noupoort farmers, Fikile Maliti and Aphelele Ndesi, are taking the lessons learnt during the programme to grow their poultry and egg business.
The programme began during 2016 and continues to benefit local entrepreneurs, having celebrated 25 start-ups and 28 existing businesses.
This initiative continues to assist those who wish to get their new businesses off the ground as well as existing entrepreneurs who needed skills to move forward with their business vision.
Maliti is the owner of Karoo Fresh Eggs and had been supplying eggs from his home for about a year when he joined the course.
His business is situated just outside of Noupoort town and now supplies the local community as well as supplying eggs to both the public and small retailers in Middelburg and Colesburg. The sponsorship has given Maliti a decent grounding and a boost for his business, through technical knowledge and skills improvement.
The theoretical understanding has boosted his confidence to grow his business from a sideline operation to a fully operational business.
The project’s economic development manager, Livhuwani Nwachukwu, said participant’s willingness to join the programme was important for enrolment.
“We accepted Maliti into the programme because of his willingness to learn and to grow his business from a hobby into an operational enterprise through hard work, persistence and perseverance,” Nwachukwu said.
“Similarly, Ndesi had been a member of a cooperative for a short period, before attending the course and has now managed to expand his business to supply chickens to the local informal sector and public, as well as further afield.
“Aphelele now sees the business potential, which has increased his self-confidence and encouraged him to take on more of a leadership role.” – 701198
TASTY PROGRAMME: Two Noupoort farmers have progressed well.