Multiple communities dotted throughout the Karoo started baking biscuits to help support farmers struggling through the drought and ended up selling thousands!
The Karoo, South Africa (27 January 2020) – Nobody could have guessed that homemade biscuits would become the lifeline of farmers in the Karoo.
Sybil Visagie, a sheep farmer in the Karoo, launched the charity “Save the Sheep” as a way to help out farmers who are doing everything to survive the drought.
Sybil started by crocheting sheep to raise funds for the charity, it took off and today many women are able to support their husbands as they ride out the drought. Inspired by this success, one woman, a fellow farmer’s wife called Sybil to ask for help. She wanted to do something within her community that would also help support the families who usually rely on farming incomes. Together they came up with the idea of filling buckets with homemade biscuits. They teamed up with Caring Daisies who made an order for 200 buckets.
The community started baking their very best biscuit recipes and filling buckets which they sold through the Caring Daisies website. The biscuits sold out and another order was placed.
Within weeks the idea spread across the Karoo and many struggling towns joined in baking the biscuits. By Christmas, they had sold over 18600 buckets. Every single person got involved to make sure the orders were covered.
The process created a steady stream of income for the communities involved. That income covered school fees, bought fodder, helped re-employ farm staff and boost the local economies of each community.
They have not even sent out orders for 2020 and already R72,240.00 has been raised to support these communities. 2020 is looking promising and will help save even more farming communities.