The Azibuyele Emasisweni Project
Azibuyele Emasisweni directly translates to “Going back to our Roots” in Zulu, which was the name chosen for this particular project when it began in 2019 in Umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The project site was selected for possible development as it is located directly along the Mbokodweni Catchment area from which triple-P operates, therefore holding geographical relevance. More significantly the Umbumbulu area is faced with a growing rate of unemployment. Particularly amongst the youth, who upon finishing their high school education encountered little to no opportunities to further their education. As a result, many experience elevated levels of poverty with seemingly minimal possibilities for advancement.
Additionally, the community faces a certain number of environmental challenges, the greater being alien invasive plant species which threatened the local farming areas. Umbumbulu is an area with basic waste management and a relatively clean water supply from the local river system allowing for considerable pollutant free agricultural development. Proper control and removal of the alien invasive plant species would allow additional agricultural development opportunities that would alleviate the environmental and socio-economic challenges the community is experiencing.
To address these challenges, the project focused on skills development in alien invasive plant management and vegetable production farming. The skills will be used to further develop two farming and one invasive alien plant control enterprises during the phase 2 of the project. The enterprises will be owned and managed by the beneficiaries. The project supports 30 beneficiaries with the majority being youth and women. SME development guarantees a financial income and job security geared for success through continued mentorship and skills development. The farming SMEs will provide the two schools where they operate their food gardens with fresh produce to support the nutritional programme.
Azibuyele emasisweni/‘going back to our roots’ has a multi-layered meaning for triple-P. In all our projects we aim to get to the root of the problem. This can only be done by firstly addressing the challenges that communities are facing, an answer only they can provide. Secondly by working closely with the community throughout to ensure project longevity and sustainable benefits, and lastly through our partnerships whose assistance can help solidify our programmes by speeding up their progress.
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