In steps the Southern Africa Livelihoods Program
In 2017, the Southern Africa Livelihoods Program began working with community groups across Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa. Funded by World Vision Australia and Australian Aid, the project is helping groups like the Sigombeni Vegetable Group overcome challenges along the way to becoming commercially viable agriculture businesses.
For the group in Sigombeni, like a number of others across the three countries, the biggest hurdle on the path towards achieving increased vegetable production is securing sustainable access to water.
The program is responding to the group’s major challenge by investing in the construction of a small weir at the opening of the spring and running a new irrigation pipe the distance to the farm. The group understands how important the constant supply of water is and they’ve dug a kilometre-long trench so the pipe can be laid safely underground.