Growing the group
Working cohesively as a group and being able to rely on their new irrigation system, Sigombeni found their vegetable production was quickly increasing.
Celucolo Ntokozo Matsebula works as a pastor at a church in the largest city of Eswatini, Manzini.
One weekend Celucolo, a passionate farmer, found himself preaching at a small church in Sigombeni. After the service he began talking with Sigombeni Vegetable Group Chairwoman Grace Dlamini.
“I met Grace Dlamini, she told me she's a farmer, so I was curious to come and see the farm so I came with her to harvest some cabbages.
I found a reliable water supply, five hectares fenced and I said wow!”
After returning home from Sigombeni and talking with his wife, Celucolo decided to join the group. By the beginning of 2019, Sigombeni had attracted a number of other new active members. With the extra members now in the garden every day, the group decided to expand their production to more than seven hectares of land.