They Say Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees But For This Old Woman, It Actually Does. Here is how Sibongile Ndzinisa makes it happen.
She grows marula trees and supplies the local factory, which makes cosmetic products out of the marula nuts kennel. Each day she cracks nuts and every two weeks, she brings bags of kennel to the factory; they buy it from her for about E47.70c per kilo and Ndzinisa who lives with her husband and grandson says she now makes E526.88c per month.
“It didn’t completely change my life but at least it allows me to buy some food and get what I need for the house; so it does make a little difference”.
Just a few years ago Ndzinisa never thought she could make anything from the marula tree fruits other than alcohol until she learnt about the business opportunity from the village chief.
Most of us only knew that Marula tree fruits were only used to brew alcohol, it’s only now that we have learned that a lot of useful products can be produced using the marula fruits. These products have been seen on the shelves of our local shops and according to the shop assistants these products are a hit especially with foreign consumers.
With more than 2 million marula trees growing naturally in the kingdom, Swaziland has a bright future. Let’s all stand up and fight this poverty.