Leadership Reporting Rural Gems

Tania Shows the Pathway to the Market for her Agribusiness

Tania Phillips leveraged her character and competence to turn her love for farming into the beginnings of a new career.

An agriculture specialist, Mr Leon October, from Tania’s home town, Haarlem, leased a 500m² piece of land to her at a greatly reduced price matching part of Learning Academy Worldwide’s funding of the input costs for seeds and coaching for Tania. Mr October also provided an office space for Tania for her online learning needs as she has no electricity at her own house. Late November, Tania harvested her first crop of green beans. Her Mom sold the first two bags on Tania’s behalf to a neighbour. One of the local shopowners bought four bags and 17 were bought for a local charity. The butternuts, squash, onions, carrots and pumpkin will soon be ready for harvesting. Tania discovered that in the middle of the Covid crisis the need increased for communications platforms such as Zoom and Skype.

Her familiarity and skills in using Zoom, in particular, made it possible to provide this service to some people in the community. Payment for setting up Zoom meetings came in the form of transportation that was provided for her when such was needed – in one instance when Tania fell ill and in the other instance when she needed to run a banking errand.


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