Each year, 7th grade students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa are required to start an entrepreneurship initiative as part of their curriculum. This year, INMED encouraged Seyisi Primary School to use its Health In Action (HIA) garden as its entrepreneurship project.
A Market Day was held last month to invite the community to the school to enjoy the fruits of their labor. The students presented reports on their work and sold herbs, plants, fresh produce and foods prepared from the produce harvested from the garden. The event was also organized to encourage community members to plant their own household gardens for food and income.
INMED provided compost, seedling, potting bags and soil for the school garden, which is used as a teaching tool and as a source of produce for school meals. The INMED team also built a seedling nursery at the school to boost the initiative and to support other nearby schools with seedlings for their HIA gardens.
The 7th graders set a target to earn R 5,000 (the equivalent of $366) from this project—with half to be re-invested in the garden and the other half to fund a farewell function for the graduating students. The project was so successful that the students exceeded their target by R 3,000 for a total of $585. This initiative is one of many ways INMED South Africa is spurring economic development via its Adaptive Agriculture and Health in Action Programs in South Africa.