Abalimi Bezekhaya, 1982–2011
This is a Project. It was co-designed by Roland Welte, Christina Kaba, Rob Small, Dave Golding, Moraig Peden and Peter Templeton and collaborator: South African Institute of Entrepreneurship, Business Place Phillipi and Catholic Welfare & Development Network. It is dated 1982–2011.
Formed in 1982, Abalimi Bezekhaya (“farmers or planters of the home” in Xhosa) is an organization that combats poverty in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga, Phillipi, and Gugulethu near Cape Town through a network of organic “micro-farms.” Abalimi teaches local communities to grow organic vegetables first for survival, then to sell surplus produce to markets outside of the townships. Farmers cultivate common vegetables, and Abalimi provides ongoing training, irrigation, and other services. Abalimi Bezekhaya serves 3,000 micro-farmers a year, the majority of them women.