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Esther Nell


Chair, Pella Food Garden

Northern Cape, South Africa


Meet Esther Nell, an INMED Aquaponics® farmer living on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. A widow and mother of three, Esther and her fellow female farmers of the Pella Food Garden cooperative could not make ends meet with traditional agriculture. But Esther saw a vision for the future in INMED Aquaponics®. She applied for and received a commercial system, along with technical and business training and market development assistance from INMED South Africa to turn her subsistence farm into a thriving and expanding business. Now she’s training other women in her community to be aquaponics farmers through the INMED Aquaponics® Social Enterprise.


“This project really brought relief to our lives, because now we have fresh vegetables every day and are donating food to people with HIV/AIDS, schools and the soup kitchen in our community. We are bringing people to work here, so they have food on their table every day. Our legacy is to pay it forward through agriculture.”