Durban woman farms her way to financial freedom

Welile Gumede couldn't find a job despite having a dental and chemical engineering qualification. The KwaZulu-Natal woman decided to plant her own seeds to success. She went from using a child support grant, to starting what's now a multimillion rand tomato tunnel farm.

DURBAN - Welile Gumede could not find a job, despite having a dental and chemical engineering qualification.

The KwaZulu-Natal woman then decided to plant her seeds to success.

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She went from using a child support grant, to starting a now multimillion-rand tomato tunnel farm.

In just two years, her tomato tunnel farm in Madundube evolved from a small start-up to a booming agricultural business worth more than R5-million.

Heavily pregnant and jobless, she was desperate to make an income.

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"I needed to think outside the box. There were these tunnels outside my home village. They weren’t used. I kept asking myself, what are these things for? I started doing research and learned everything on YouTube."

Gumede employs 13 workers on the farm.

She says women should always strive towards cultivating their dreams.

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eNCA