An important part of our approach is to develop micro-enterprises that provide some income for our programs. These projects also provide vocational training opportunities for children and youth.
In 2010 we leased the agricultural land at Mants’ase Children’s Home, of which about 5 acres is arable. We are developing it as a commercial market garden enterprise. Profits from this operation are shared between Mants’ase Children’s Home and Trust for Africa to help fund our programs.
Because of Lesotho’s arid climate, we use a drip irrigation system and practice conservation agriculture. Conservation agriculture is designed to put organic matter back into the soil, and reduce soil erosion (which is a major issue in Lesotho).
We grow cabbage, moroho (various types of greens), maize, tomatoes and green peppers. We are gradually expanding our production and markets.
Grandma’s House Garden
We have a large garden at Grandma’s House, where we grow an assortment vegetables to incorporate in the children’s meals. The property also has at least 15 fruit trees, including peaches, apricots, plums, pomegranates, mulberries, pears and apples. If there is any excess produce, we sell it in the market. We also use a drip irrigation system at Grandma’s House and practice conservation agriculture.
Child Support Group Small Businesses
To date we have helped two of the groups start an egg production enterprise with 500 hens. The children help care for the chickens, collect the eggs, clean them, and learn a little about the business aspect of selling eggs.
We also helped establish a small scale sewing enterprise at the Itumeleng Child Support Group. This group of women sews school uniforms that Faith Foundation then purchases to supply to orphans and vulnerable children through our Education Support program.