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First Lady visits Marubini Women Cooperative

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The First Lady of Limpopo Mme Maggie Mathabatha visited Marubini Multi-Purpose Women Primary Cooperative Limited at Ha-Maila on 14 August 2014. She also handed over toys to Marubini Multi-Purpose Crèche. Earlier on the First Lady visited A re Thabeng Drop in Centres in Tsware and Kgomotso in Solomondale where she also handed toys to the children. After handing over toys, the First Lady indicated that she has got the love of women and children at her heart not only because August was a women month.

 

Marubini Multipurpose Women Primary Cooperative Limited is a women’s cooperative established by the women of Maila Village in Makhado Municipality. Maila is a deep rural community located +_35 km North of Makhado Town. The community is faced with high levels of child headed families due to HIV/AIDS) deaths and other social ills such as unemployment, substance abuse, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy.

It is against this background that women from Maila established Marubini Multipurpose Women Primary Cooperative Limited to counter these social ills that permeates within the community. These women came together to address both their cultural and economic needs within the community.

Total number of the women working in the cooperative is 17. Marubini currently has a capacity to house 4000 egg layers at once. The eggs produced are sold to the community and local businesses. The demand for eggs has increased in the last two years and therefore there is a need for expansion. A special grading machine has been bought by the cooperative to grade the eggs before they are sold to the market.

Part of the five hectors is used for crop farming. The produce are used at the crèche and surplus are sold to the community with an affordable price. The vegetables produced are organically farming with the slurry from the biogas digester used fertilizer.

Two biogas digesters have been installed at the cooperative site. This is a renewable energy project where cow dung, chicken droppings and other animal waste are used as substrates to be fed into digester. The biogas digester produces biogas used for cooking for the children at the crèche. The slurry from the digester is used for irrigating both high protein animal feeds and organic vegetables.

The cooperative runs a crèche with a total enrolment of 200 children from the catchments areas of Vleifontein, Munzhedzi, Mavhungeni and Maila. The crèche provide early childhood development as one of the most important stages in the development of the child. Children enjoy food cooked through the biogas produced from waste.