The garden of Malanti is part of the “Garden of Skills” innovative project initiated by Designing Hope in 2020 which consists in associating on the same site a “Garden Forest”, in the middle of which will be built an activity and training centre in the fields of agroecology, agroforestry, craftsmanship, and micro-project management.
Designing Hope and its local partner in Eswatini, the association Fundzisa Live, acquired a one-hectare plot of land in September 2020 in Malanti, a village which is located 20km from Piggs Peak on the road to the capital, Mbabane, to implement this project.
The Forest Garden is a principle developed in agroforestry consisting in enhancing the use of space by associating large trees, berries, market gardening and small livestock farming.
The varieties of trees will be varied, chosen for wood production, the production of nutritious leaves for humans (Moringa) or for use as fodder, fruit production, but also for their capacity to fertilise the soil, reduce evaporation and allow market gardening in an optimised setting.
The activity and training centre will propose the activities currently offered to the women supported by the association, by making available workshops equipped for sewing, handicrafts, but also the
processing of garden products, and learning recipes chosen for their nutritional value. The sewing room will be much more adapted to the needs, and will allow the women to engage in more ambitious local projects, such as the provision of uniforms
school and to explore other markets, the manufacture of professional clothing, in the health sector for example, by promoting the close links they have established with the hospital.
Training “outside the walls” (agroecology, environmental awareness, nutrition) will be offered in the association’s partner schools, in addition to the visits of the garden.
A project supported by Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche,
with the additional fundings of Raja Foundation (Raja Awards 2020) and The Ivory Foundation