Nokwanda went home to the Eastern Cape as the lockdown was implemented, on her arrival, she rallied the community to start a food garden.
Eastern Cape, South Africa (04 May 2020) – Carin shared an empowering story with us about Nokwanda, a woman transforming her home village during the lockdown.
Nokwanda returned home to rural Eastern Cape to be with her family during this time. She knows that things are hard everywhere, and that inspired her to make her own community a little more resilient and food secure.
Carin shared a quote from Mulan to explain how she sees Nokwanda, “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all”. Nokwanda has faced the adversity and is prepared to do anything to make sure her community feel supported through it.
“Nokwanda here has created a miracle out of what could’ve been a disaster. When she returned home to her community in the rural Eastern Cape as the lockdown was implemented, she started rallying together her community to start growing their own food. They started with nothing but with perseverance and collaboration they are building their future. This is the human spirit in action. This is the other way to look at this disaster called Corona.
Her story is an uplifting story of self-empowerment. Especially in a time when one can feel so disempowered and helpless. It is inspiring and dignifying. May we have more stories like this.” – Carin
Nokwanda has inspired her entire community and changed their lives. Every single person is now working towards the growth of the garden and the success of the food programme. Together they are becoming stronger.
We are in awe of their success and hope that other communities will be inspired by Nokwanda’s efforts.