Transformation in Action
Back in 2005, the acre of land that is now a thriving social enterprise was a bone-dry and barren terrain that unassumingly blended into the rest of Bezuidenhout Park. It took a dream and lots of hard work for that land to become a locally, nationally and globally recognized hub for knowledge, growth, research and social change.
WSI began as a 1-hectare food garden that supplied a wide range of fresh fruits, vegetables, maize, and herbs to local ECDCs and NGOs that provided home-based care to HIV+/AIDS patients and their dependents. Since then, the garden has transformed and expanded to become a city-, region-, nation- and even world-wide demonstration site, training and research hub.
Siyakhana has achieved the following:
- Transforming a dumpsite into a flourishing garden
- Transforming mindsets with regards to health and nutrition
- Transforming unemployment into entrepreneurial opportunities and employment
- Transforming entrenched attitudes into sustainable practices