Did you know that South Africa’s Free State province has the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the nation, comprising more than 230,000 individuals? Unemployment rates are higher and standards of living are lower among the disabled, especially for women.
INMED’s Climate-Smart Agriculture program offers an innovative approach to equipping people with disabilities with a sustainable method of producing high-quality, nutritious food and increasing their income generation potential. Just ask Rosie, who leads a Free State farming cooperative for people with disabilities that received an INMED aquaponics system a few years ago and was recognized as the Best Subsistence Producer for its district.
INMED South Africa is currently working in partnership with USAID and Disabled People South Africa to integrate more people with disabilities in Free State into the mainstream economy through technical and business training and access to financing tailored to their status as emerging producers and entrepreneurs. With INMED’s help, we’re equipping people with disabilities to successfully launch their own commercial climate change-adaptive agricultural enterprises, manage and repay their loans, and become economically self-sufficient. Learn more at inmed.org.