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Nonhlanhla Joye

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Nonhlanhla Joye shares her recipe on how to master small scale farming.

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Nonhlanhla Joye is a multi-award-winning farmer and the founder and CEO of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training College. She started a small-scale farming operation in 2014 after being diagnosed with cancer and finding herself unable to work. Nonhlanhla has innovated a growing system that enables her to grow vegetables using diversified plastic bags as growing bags, providing much-needed protection for her crop, saving water and feeding her family and community. Today, Umgibe is helping poor communities to grow vegetables to feed themselves and collectively sell their surplus.


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Small scale farming serves the duo purpose of providing the household with food to eat and added income. It's a viable solution for anyone with a bit of land and the motivation to make something out of very little. When Nonhlanhla 'Ma Joye' Joye found herself unable to earn a living, she turned to small scale farming and innovated her way to success. She shares her story and the vision behind her business, Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute.

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Nonhlanhla Joye - Multi-Award Winning Farmer, Social Entrepreneur Champion, Food Security Activist and CEO Umgibe Farming Organics shares the inspiring story of how she innovated to drive her small-scale farming operation to success.

A platform was born where poor communities started growing vegetables to feed themselves and collectively sell their surplus produce. Umgibe is the rope of hope that pulls unemployed and underserved communities up.


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