Elizabeth Moroaswi, a woman with a vision for changing lives
Women in South Africa and southern Africa have a lot to learn from iconic figures such as Elizabeth Moroaswi from Stykraal B Village in Feta Kgomo Municipality, Limpopo. Moroaswi won an award worth R100 000 in 2010 for her outstanding work in community development. The award was granted by the Department of Water Affairs (now called the Department of Water and Sanitation).
While water is a limiting factor for small-scale agriculture and other productive enterprises, dedicated food security activists such as Moroaswi have not stopped applying 'tricks' to conserve water and use it wisely for food production.
Moroaswi’s work started with the establishment of the Ikageng Masha Cooperative, which has contributed towards the improvement of the quality of life in her village and supports many other cooperatives. Her project produces vegetables using the most economic method of conserving water – the drip irrigation system. “Everyday before we irrigate, we check the irrigation system for leaks; if they exist we fix them before starting to irrigate plants, so as to save water”, says Moroaswi.
Since its establishment, the project has benefitted the locals extensively, through imparting skills to the youth and also by donating vegetables to schools and community events needing support.
For her cooperative to do this amazing work, they are relying on the supply of water to the village through canals from the Lepelle River. Support has been obtained from groups such as Namolelang Basadi Women’s Group, who assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the canals. Lessons on how to save water have also been extended to the Pela Kwena Women’s group.
Moroaswi adds that her Cooperative has provided support to the Mashupjane Greening project, which won the 2011 Water Awards. The 2013 Department of Water Affairs' Award winners, the Ngwana Manthe Youth Group were also mentored by Moroaswi. Ngwana Manthe and Ikageng Masha Cooperative now supply the Lebowakgomo Spar with vegetables, which has saved locals the long trip to Polokwane.
Elizabeth Moroaswi can be contacted on 076 702 84 67 or 071 407 6961.