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Beneficiary of the week: Youth Empowerment R.M.S
Five young people from a previously disadvantaged community in KwaZulu-Natal decided to work together to form a cooperative called Youth Empowerment r.m.s.
The cooperative is running a fresh food garden at Lamontville in Durban and one of their specialised product is Spinach Muffins. Their future goals involve growing the business to be able to supply supermarket giants such as Pick n Pay and Spar. The business employs young people on a full-time basis.
Speaking on behalf of the cooperative, Siphelele Memela says that they struggled to secure funding to establish their business. After hearing about the products and services offered by the NYDA, they decided to approach the Durban Branch to enquire. 
The Durban Branch took them through the process of applying and approved the Grant Funding to the value of R31 000,00 to buy products such as (but not limited to) staff uniforms, food processing tools, seed, compost, weed controller and greenhouse materials. The cooperative was also awarded with the NYDA Voucher for business plan, business profile and branding.  
“It is very important for youth to take advantage of the services offered by government such as the NYDA programmes that are designed to address the struggles that prevents young peoples to realise their dreams.  We are very grateful for the assistance we got. I would like to thank the Durban Branch for their fantastic and great support,” said Siphelele Memela.