After getting married in 1996, Esther Masekoameng (60) moved from Phalaborwa to Mathibaskraal in Limpopo, but she was shocked by the level of poverty in her new hometown.
- Esther Masekoameng
The unemployment and poverty in Mathibaskraal worsened over the years, and in 2006, Esther decided to approach the school principal to expand her garden to cater for more learners.
Esther used the funds from the sale of vetkoek to buy a variety of seedlings for the We Can Women’s Cooperative, which was formally established in 2018. She also bought chili seedlings and started to sell chilies to the grocery shop in town.
The Shoprite Group has been supporting community food gardens for a number of years. Its implementation partner, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), assess existing gardens gardens to better understand their requirements and Shoprite then assists with the necessary tools, training, infrastructure and seedlings.
Shoprite is enabling the We Can Women’s Cooperative to grow its community food garden by providing proper water infrastructure.
Shoprite’s support also enabled Esther to erect a fence around the garden and for the team of nine women to receive extensive gardening training.