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Beneficiary of the Week: Temo Ke Bophelo Primary Agricultural Co-op

Temo Ke Bophelo, which means ‘Agriculture is Life’, is an agricultural cooperative operating at Umjindini rural area in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The cooperative is using a piece of land that the Chief of Umjindini has given them.

The business supplies vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, onions, lettuce and cabbages to local supermarkets as well as exports their produce to Mozambique and Swaziland. Started by five (5) young people, the business  currently employs three (3) people permanently and has an annual turnover of R178 400.
The cooperative also supplies their products to both Cambridge and Boxer stores. Due to increase in demand which is beyond their supply, they decided to partner with other cooperatives so to meet the needs of their customers.
The intervention of the NYDA through its Grant Programme to the value of R50 000 to purchase agricultural materials has contributed largely to the success of the business.