SUGAR-FREE EMAGANU ON SALE

SUGAR-FREE EMAGANU ON SALE

At least 140 women who live in an old-age home at Dvokolwako have been empowered by Philani Maswati and now run a
thriving business that specializes in vintage Marula. The women took their special brew to the Buganu ceremony last weekend, and the product seemed to enjoy some popularity. Philani Maswati Charity Organization is the brainchild of Her Majesty Indlovukazi. Nomphumelelo Dlamini, a volunteer at the old age home, said the Marula brew they produce is brewed without sugar additives, which gives it a competitive edge over traditional Marula. Explaining about
their set-up, Dlamini said they realised that the women at the old age home had a lot of time in their hands, and thought embarking on Marula-brewing would not be too demanding for them as it requires little physical strength.She said they also produced Marula juice and cosmetics. Dlamini explained that their brand of Marula was unfermented. She went on to talk about another project that the women were involved in, a greenhouse vegetable garden, where they produce vegetables to supply Namboard and a number of shops around the country. “Our aim is to support
the elders living in the old age home so that they do not only rely on sponsors,” said Dlamini. She further stated that when the Marula season runs out they would continue with producing vegetables, which would also help feed the elders. The Chairperson of Philani Maswati, Lutfo Dlamini, who is also Endzingeni Member of Parliament, said the vegetable garden was about 17hectares and they had been supported by the Taiwan Embassy with E1.3m to kick start
the different projects. “We are working on increasing the production and shelf life of the different products in order to make sure that the production is consistent and the women are kept sustained. He said they had also introduced the farming of different types of crops so that the village would be self-sustaining, especially with maize since more maize would be produced throughout the year. The projects, which are in line with the King’s vision for the country to attain first world status by 2022, started this year.

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