“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony, The Beautiful Truth
Defying the odds and making a name for herself during the unpredictable times we currently face, Thobela Peni is an excellent example of resilience. Originally from King Williams Town, the “Home of Agriculture”, Thobela was employed as a host at an Eastern Cape Lodge when the Covid-19 lockdown struck. Once retrenched from her position, Thobela started planting crops in her backyard in order to feed her family. However, through the growing interest and support from the Kwa-Zenzele community in Paterson, Ziyoliseni Farming was established in March 2020.
Thobela’s business not only produces an income for her family, but she is passionate about giving back to her community. This she does through educating young children about the importance of agriculture. In addition, Ziyoliseni Farming donates spinach on a monthly basis to selected crèches in the area. Ziyoliseni Farming also aims to create job opportunities in Patterson and has already been able to employ two people from the community to assist in maintaining the vegetable garden.
Wilderness Foundation Africa is proud to be able to support Thobela in her mission to produce high quality and fresh vegetables at an affordable price for everyone. Thobela is truly an inspiration during these challenging times, since she has proven that our only limitations are our minds and if we can use what we have, we can go further than our wildest expectations.