Gunyah Hydroponic Rooftop Garden

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High rates of unemployment affect South Africa today, especially low-income areas in the informal settlements. I started a Hydroponic Rooftop Garden programme to create employment opportunities for unemployed and low-income Cape Town female residents.

With this project, we promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and local food production. The garden is made up of recycled car & trucks tires with metal tunnel covered with shade cloth, which we raised slightly above the metal roof. Our gardens also recycles up to 90% of the water it uses. Generally, a one square meter plot can yield between two to seven kilograms of spinach per harvest. The price of spinach averages between R25 to 35 a kilogram, which can bring a tidy profit to our female farmers.

We enable our female farmers to develop entrepreneurial skills, so they have a shot at making a decent living, despite their lack of formal education. We also provide social benefits to by having young girls to be taught by senior women about farming. Single woman can enjoy healthy meals with the families now.

Thabiso Gunya

Cape Town, South Africa


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Sara Hubbard