Durban woman farms her way all through to financial freedom


After Welile Gumede graduated from the university, she 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.

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

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

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

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 said women should always strive towards cultivating their dreams.

Moreover, this should be a source of encouragement for fresh graduates who are worried about not getting a job after through search.

Fresh graduates can harness their skills and make the most out of it. And like what Gumede mentioned, thinking out of the box would go a long way in generating an income.

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