Being a socially conscious consumer is something we should all strive for. It fuels the economy and uplifts communities. Abalimi’s Harvest of Hope has made this very possible.
Abalimi Bezekhaya (“the Planters of the Home”), founded in 1982, is a non-profit development organisation based in communities like Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Residents are supported and aided to feed their families by growing their own organic vegetables. This initiative has been so successful that thousands of gardens are filled with vegetables, sustaining thousands of families. For those producing more than enough to feed their families and help out neighbours, there is little or no access to markets outside the immediate neighbourhoods to sell their produce.
That is where the Harvest of Hope marketing project provides a much-needed outlet through selling produce on behalf of the farmers in the form of a weekly organic box scheme. Harvest of Hope contracts with the farmers in advance, guaranteeing to purchase their produce and thus giving them some income security. Harvest of Hope members sign up for the box scheme and pay for their weekly delivery of vegetables in advance. The initiative has grown to include 30 farmers whose produce makes up to 450 boxes every week.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
- A Small box (for a family of 1-2) is R99/week
- A Medium box (for a family of 4+) is R133/week
- Sign up for your Harvest of Hope weekly box on the project website
- Restaurant and Market orders are also taken – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information visit harvestofhope.co.za or abalimi.org.za
Images courtesy of Harvest of Hope. Compiled Sanri Pienaar.