MaZuma grows mielies organically for local markets
One of the main priorities of the Self-help Group (SHG) Programme is to improve the quantity and quality of food within a household – this means increasing the number of meals eaten each day or the size of the portions or the variety of vegetables and fruit available for children and adults in the homes of SHG members.
SHG members are encouraged to start their own small backyard garden at home in order to have fresh vegetables throughout the year for household consumption; while some women and groups grow vegetables to sell within their community as an income-generating activity.
Zimele, a Sinamandla partner operating in Swayimane in KZN, has assisted over 150 women in SHGs in 2012 who are farmers, with a variety of training courses and marketing. Recently a group of these women participated in
a "Fruit and Vegetable Drying Course" where they learnt to dry carrots, pumpkin, beans and other vegetables, and also learnt how to make fruit juices. The women were excited about the new marketing possibilities that this
will open up for them; traditionally vegetable and fruit drying is not practiced in South Africa, but it could potentially contribute to improving food security of vulnerable households in winter.
Many thanks to all our donors this year, we appreciate your support. Please consider making a further donation in the coming months in order to help Sinamandla assist more than 2000 vulnerable women in poor communities. Please do think of any family member or friend who would be interested in the work of Sinamandla through its Self-help Groups and do forward them our website link.