Inspired by the need to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions, community leaders Nompumelelo Ngoqo and the late Nosipho Sikutshwa founded the Urban Rural Development and Capacity Building project 19 years ago, with the sole aim of feeding the impoverished community of Langa.
“Initially, through the project we aimed at alleviating poverty in a comprehensive and compassionate response through community development by implementing food gardening projects in the poorest areas in our society, not knowing it would grow into something bigger,’’ said Ngoqo.
The project started with only one garden in 2000 and the founder's hopes to raise the community's standard of living. It now has more than 22 gardens in Langa and surrounding areas and two nutritional food kitchens, and employs 200 staff in the gardens and as cooks on a permanent basis.
Co-founder Ngoqo said their food gardens project ensured that the community had access to nutritious food and the ability to create sustainable gardens for the social and economic development of the community.