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.

Malanti Garden, Eswatini


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

  • Discover below the progresses of Malanti Garden !

Sweet potato plantation in Malanti

The women in charge of the Malanti garden have planted sweet potato crops. These are traditionally used on sloping land to avoid drainage and to cover areas that are difficult to cultivate as long plots, because of the presence of … Read More

The Garden of Skills offers a typical Eswatini landscape

The Malanti garden has a rather exceptional view of a valley in an area where the indigenous vegetation has been preserved from the intensive eucalyptus cultivation that is a threat to biodiversity in other parts of the country.

Planting maize using the “Zaï” technique in Malanti, Eswatini

The women in charge of the Garden of Skills in Malanti have planted corn. To do this, they followed the curve of the land without clearing it all, using the Zaï technique, which consists of digging basins 20 to 40 … Read More

First planting beds in the knowledge garden (Eswatini)

The first cultivation beds have been set up at the Malanti knowledge garden in Eswatini by the women in charge of the garden. These beds are cultivated strips that follow the slope of the land and are 1m/1m20 wide. Onions, … Read More

Development of the Knowledge Garden

Within the knowledge garden in Malanti, Eswatini, two chalets have been built to allow the installation of dry toilets and a room for the women to store their belongings.  A road is also being constructed for which a gully is … Read More

The Mandala of Malanti Knowledge Garden

The women in charge of the Malanti skills garden in Eswatini have created a mandala, a garden in the shape of flowers where the petals are represented by crop boards. The mandala will serve as a roundabout for the seasonal … Read More

Making an Aromatic Plants Garden

At the Garden of Skills in Malanti – Eswatini, the women in charge of the garden improvised a spiral garden using stones from the garden. They used the stones that are naturally present in this very mountainous region of Eswatini, … Read More

First cabins at Malanti’s garden, Eswatini

The construction of little cabins has just started. These cabins are the result of a local and sustainable economy: they have been made using wood from local forest production and have been assembled by a company located near the center. … Read More

Sweet potato installation at Malanti garden, Eswatini

The development of the Malanti field is ongoing and the plantations begin with sweet potatoes! This species is particularly well adapted to the landscape of small mountains and hills with rocks in Eswatini, as well as its tropical climate. The … Read More

Soil preparation at the Garden of Skills

The malanti field has been completely cleared. The grass that has been removed will be used for compost as well as for mulching the crops. In addition, the sweet potatoes that were planted a little over a month ago are … Read More

Creation of the access road to the Malanti site

Malanti Garden is located about 20 km from Piggs Peak, high up on the main road to Mbabane, the capital of Eswatini. This makes it a popular and easily accessible location for the surrounding population. However, as the Malanti garden … Read More

Work begins on the Malanti garden!

The first developments began in Malanti Garden, north of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). As the seasons are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere, it is currently summer in this part of the world, but it is also the rainy season. The … Read More