Meet Ntando Thabethe from Pinetown, KZN, owner and founder of Elite Crop, the woman who used the money meant to fix her hair to start her farming business.
When her husband gave her R389.00 to go fix her hair, Ntando used the money to buy seeds to start a garden in her big backyard. She planted broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, and spinach. She sold her vegetables to members of her community. Soon Pick’n’Pay started buying peppers from her business.
Two years after starting her gardening, her company called Elite Crop, now supply vegetables to shops around Durban. SHE ALSO EXPORTS dried vegetable products such as herbs and tomato powder to Dubai. Her company NOW EMPLOYS 40 workers and she is expanding her farming business in order to meet the growing demand for her garden produce.