Two years ago I was unemployed and growing vegetables in my own backyard in order to feed my 4 children. Looking at my surroundings I realized that I was fortunate enough to have property available in order to grow vegetables. Many disadvantaged community members was not so fortunate. Whether living in flats, informal settlements or in someone’s backyard - land was not available to those who essentially needed it the most.
My initial business idea was a nursery that would empower, develop skills and create employment for the unemployed mothers of Hanover Park, Cape Town. Through business development training in the #YouthStartCT Entrepreneurial Challenge I was taught to find the niche and what sets my company apart. That is when the nursery idea transformed into GrowBox.
We manufacture portable growboxes (made from recycled pallets) for people living in disadvantaged areas in order for them to grow vegetables sustainably in the limited spaces that they have. Its portable so that it is easily moved, from the outdoors to indoors, in bad weather conditions and to protect it from vandalism or theft. The beneficiaries of the boxes will first receive training on sustainable growing methods and once training is completed, then they will be receive their fully stocked (with vegetable seedlings) growboxes.