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3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa

by Rural Development Support Program
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
3 Micro-bakeries for rural women in South Africa
Young and Old enjoy the bread and soup!
Young and Old enjoy the bread and soup!

Baking for the Needy and Hungry!

COVID-19 brought with it many hardships for families especially those in the rural communities that RDSP serves. The plight of basic food grew by the day. It is against this backdrop that the GlobalGiving funds were provided to community based organisations in the Northern Cape that is part of RDSP’s network.  

Sprankiehoop Soup and Bread Project – Nababeep, Northern Cape

The families that we chose to work with were mostly single household families who went through strife, poverty, neglect, and GBV even before the pandemic. Covid-19 just made things harder for them. They are the most vulnerable in Nababeep and all of the time they were overlooked by the leaders that were supposed to help them. Despite their struggles, they remain the most appreciative and humble people. We were blessed by the grant received by GlobalGiving through RDSP, it really made a difference in the lives of community members.

We encountered that in many households there is in-fighting amongst mothers and children and even children amongst themselves. Sometimes the police have to be called even 3 times a day just to keep the peace. The banning of cigarettes and alcohol made people go and seek it elsewhere disregarding social distancing and the wearing of masks. There was a myth that COVID-19 only targeted urban areas and not rural communities. So you would see many people young and old parading up and down without masks. This myth was quickly dispelled when the cases in Nababeep and Springbok escalated. Gender-based violence also sadly increased during this period, as we saw in Springbok how the cases increased.

Katie, 50 years of age, with her daughter Clarine 32 yrs old and her two young children were sitting at the table with a small candle because she did not have money to buy electricity. They didn’t have anything to eat that evening so the soup and bread were highly appreciated. All Katie could say was thank you… God bless you!

Katrina is a mother who knows the impact of GBV as her boyfriend and father of her young infants said the most vulgar things to her. She laid several cases at the police station and when the police came his family always helped him and bailed him out. She has a down syndrome baby but he does not care. He does not support her financially and she is living with her 85-year-old mother. She lives on her mother’s pension and the child support grant for the children. The food we provided helped a great deal in this household.

150 people were provided with meals for the month of August.

Very grateful...
Very grateful...
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Nomfuneko's New Oven
Nomfuneko's New Oven

After a couple of challenges to get Nomfuneko her Mama Mimi’s wood fired oven, we decided to buy her a full gas stove and oven to start off her community bakery. The organisation that provides these wood fired ovens are no longer in existence, hence we looked for alternatives to ensure that we still help Nomfuneko with your generous donations. 

The Covid-19 pandemic also brought its own challenges, but the oven allowed Nomfuneko to be of service to the needy in her community.

Nomfuneko who runs the Kusile Women Empowerment organisation writes:

"During the lockdown, Kusile Women Empowerment has been working tirelessly, making sure that the poverty-stricken communities of Stutterheim have access to at least one cooked meal per day. 

The number of beneficiaries kept on growing every day, because the need for food is so great especially with children who are used to school feeding scheme. The centre had to open two other soup kitchens closer to the communities that have the greatest need for cooked meals.

Over 750 children and with 20% being elderly people, are benefiting from the 3 soup kitchens managed by Kusile Women Empowerment. The stove that was supplied by Rural Development Support Programme (through GlobalGiving) is playing a very big role, we bake bread for the 3 soup kitchens. Producing between 60 and 90 baked loaves of bread per day. This equipment has assisted Kusile Women Empowerment to cook quicker and smarter.  Every day the stove is used to cook for the 3 soup kitchens. This has made a big difference to the staff and beneficiaries."

Nomfuneko and her group are finding it difficult to cook for the community and stay safe at the same time, because they feed such a large number of people. 

Nomfuneko and her community want to thank all the GlobalGiving donors for making a huge difference in their lives!

Nomfuneko cooking for her community
Nomfuneko cooking for her community
Feeding the vulnerable during the pandemic
Feeding the vulnerable during the pandemic
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Nomfuneko
Nomfuneko

Nomfuneko is patiently waiting for her oven to start her community bakery. We have still not raised enough funds to purchase her oven, but the plan is to get it to her by February 2020. 

We are truly grateful to stars like yourselves, who have given so generously, and some have even given again and again.

The Christmas season reminds us of the gift given to us, and what an opportune time to give to others. Please continue to share our project with your networks, as we try to make 2020 a better year for Nomfuneko, and many rural women like her!

With heartfelt gratitude....

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In this update we'd like to introduce you to another remarkable woman who is driving the fight against gender based violence in her community, and who will soon be baking bread to raise funds for her CBO and her community.

Nomfuneko is from Kusile Woman Empowerment (KWP), a non-profit organisation that was established in February 2012 and is located in rural town of Sutterheim in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She hails from Mlungisi township in Stutterheim and has managed the organsiation for 7 years. Stutterheim is in a deep rural area that is sparsely populated and under-resourced. KWP offers its services to the surrounding townships and villages as there are very few social support services available from the State.

KWP's mission is to address the extremely high rates of gender-based violence and violence against women and girls in the area through

  • community mobilisation and engagement about gender issues
  • support for victims of domestic abuse
  • providing safety and support for victims
  • empowering women
  • mentoring youth
  • and engaging men on the issues of gender based violence. 

Nomfuneka has attended a number of RDSP's capacity building workshops and mentoring sessions since 2013, including Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People leadership training, which has helped her to become a stronger leader and community activist. 

We are delighted to have Kusile Woman Empowerment as a beneficiary organisation of the Khanyisa Bakeries Project and look forward to procuring a mobile bakery for them in the next six months, thanks to your generous donations! 

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The Bergsig Ondersteunings Groep Bakery
The Bergsig Ondersteunings Groep Bakery

Celebrating our Khanyisa Bakery Heroes: Elize Brand from Bergsig

Elize Brand is the coordinator of Bergsig Ondersteunginsgroep (BOG) in Bergsig, Northern Cape Province.  When we first met Elize at training workshops, she was too insecure to participate in group exercises. She always came to our training but we were never sure if she valued it. We were covering planning, budgets, financial management and the like. However, when we moved onto GBV and its related issues, Elize suddenly came alive. This was her calling.

Having run a successful team of home-based carers, she embraced the theory we passed on and equipped her carers to bring GBV into their daily work, identifying vulnerable women, making them aware and supporting them with their wellness. Elize launched a major awareness campaign with youth, undaunted by the gangsterism around her. She now has 4 community support groups for those affected by GBV/substance abuse/HIV.

As part of the Khanyisa Bakeries Project, Elize underwent bakery training 6 years ago and has since proven herself not just to be an excellent development coordinator, but also a natural baker and entrepreneur. BOG’s micro bakery has been working and producing fresh bread for some years now. Income from the bread sales provides small but regular stipends for the home-based carers Elize manages, who mostly work on a voluntary basis. 

On average the bakery produces 30 loaves of bread a day. It takes 12.5kg of flour to bake 30 loaves, which amounts to a cost of R5.50 a loaf. The fresh loaves are sold to local community members for between R9 and R10, which is about R5 cheaper than the cost of a loaf of bread at the store. They’re also a lot healthier because they don’t contain preservatives and are fresh from the oven. Loaves are also sold to school tuckshops. Elize has also started baking pizzas on a weekly basis which she sells for R70. She currently sells about 25 pizzas a week but is aiming for a target of 100 a week. A good month sees her raise up to R7000 just from pizzas.

We salute and congratulate Elize on her successful community bakery and thank her for her continued hard work and dedication to the cause of helping women in need. And we thank you, our generous donors, for your continued support of our the Khanyisa Bakeries Project.

Elize baking bread
Elize baking bread
Fresh Bread baked by Elize
Fresh Bread baked by Elize
Elize's Pizza
Elize's Pizza
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Rural Development Support Program

Location: Cape Town - South Africa
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Nosakhele Mpushe
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