Finding a future in farming

Finding a future in farming

The Southern Africa Livelihoods Project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Ntombikayise Dlamini is an average 18-year-old currently studying her final grade at high school. Like most teenagers, she has had little interest in farming, saying “because we felt like it was hard work”.

Ntombikayise lives in Sigombeni, a small village in rural Eswatini (Swaziland) with her mother and three younger siblings.

Finding a future in farming

A growing interest in vegetables

Ntombikayise’s mother Grace is the leader of a vegetable farming group supported by World Vision Australia’s Southern Africa Livelihoods Project (SALP).

Over the past year Ntombikayise began joining her mother and other group members as they worked together on their vegetable plots.

While the work involved in growing vegetables was tiresome, at some stage during her final year at school everything changed for Ntombikayise and she realised she actually really liked farming.

Her earlier dream of being an accountant also morphed into a future plan that incorporates her interest in business and accounting alongside vegetable farming.


"Maybe I can say my dream has changed. I just want to be self-employed and not be employed. After getting my certificate I will get capital, start my own business and help with my mother’s business and continue with the farming business because I see that agriculture is a lucrative business venture."

– Ntombikayise Dlamini


Dreaming of bigger gardens

As Ntombikayise nears her final school exams she also hopes to soon obtain her own plot of land in the group’s growing vegetable farm.

The SALP project has dramatically improved the farming business for the Sigomebeni group by securing fencing around the farm, creating a reliable water supply as well as providing training and support for the group to market their produce. The current members now produce greater volumes of crops that mean higher incomes as well as fresh opportunities for new group members like Ntombikayise.

SALP is showing signs of success when young people like Ntombikayise begin to enter farming, seeing it as a business opportunity rather than just a means of consumption or a minor income earning activity.



Follow Ntombikayise’s story to learn more about how her farming develops over the next year.

See more stories of how World Vision is growing livelihoods in Southern Africa.