A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP and INCOME GENERAGTING FRUIT; THE STORY OF NKHOSIKHONA DLAMINI.
Kwakha Indvodza (KI) pioneered a sustainable agriculture program (Moringa project) which facilitates long-term economic growth and development in our Mbuluzi community chapter. We currently have hundreds young men under our care in five community chapters and many of whom wish to further their careers in agriculture work. KI trains the youth and capacitate them to be able to earn an income to provide for their families and save for their futures.
Through the Moringa project, KI has been promoting entrepreneurship, leadership skills, and mentorship among youth by providing them with sustainable, eco-friendly income generation skills. We seek to successfully empower, capacitate and offer guidance to youth in reaching their educational and employment goals while also meeting the targets of the SDGs by achieving food security and promoting sustainable agriculture. One of the participants of this tremendous project is Nkhosikhona Dlamini.
Nkhosikhona Dlamini is a 24 year old young man who took part in the Moring Training. He resides by the area of Dlangeni, Entfubeni in the Hhohho Region with his grandparents. He got information about the moringa training through a post he saw under the Kwakha Indvodza Facebook page, inviting all out of school young men and women to take part in it. As he completed high school in 2015 but still unemployed, he saw a window to learn new things. From there he decided to enquire about the training since he had heard about the moringa tree before. At the time he had no information about what moringa does, how to grow it, its products and benefits, nor how to grow it.
According to Nkhosikhona, Moringa is a necessity that has not been discovered by our country. During the training he had learnt about the health benefits of moringa with all the nutrient content that may help people like those from his community as a supplement for their meals. Nkhosikhona also learnt about how to grow moringa trees, harvest it and how to consume it. He also learnt about the different ways one can make money through selling moringa products which include the seeds, roots and the leaf powder itself. The training was also an eye-opener for him; that as a young person, waiting for employment is not the only way one can make a living and that one should be an entrepreneur and find ways to generate money in the comfort of your own home.
Nkhosikhona has already planted 2 moringa trees as, and is still planning to add more as secures the required resources. His goal is to grow moringa tress, harvest them and further find the market for it and sell the products. Teaching other people about the wonders of moringa and how to grow it in the long run is also something to do in the near future according to Nkhosikhona.