Thanks Itika Gupta . If I understand your question correctly, then the answer is that our model creates economic opportunities for local people, at the same time as they become self-sufficient. We have created a robust economic model that creates wealth from the ground up, not helicoptered in from above in the form of grants etc. Wealth is created in a circular economy of land and crop preparation (composting, beekeeping etc.), food growing and production, food processing (baking, brewing, fermenting etc.), value-adding (retail) etc. Each participant is an active wealth producer (worker), but also a consumer and facilitator in the system, with each local community trading its surpluses i.e. either in form of physical inputs or outputs, or via a Commons Coin itself.
Itika GuptaLouis-Gillis Janse van Rensburg Thanks Itika. Louis, have you touched based with Grace Stead from Abalimi Bezakhaya? <email@example.com> They might be interested in using your vertical grower and I understand they also support local growers in Phillipi. Also, have you looked into integrating aquaponics and worm farms into your system? I can send you some designs for a fully integrated 4m x 4m food system where algae from recycling the water feeds the fish, the fish poop creates ammonia / fertilizer, along with the worm leachate, which is then all recycled back into the plants. Otherwise, keep up the good work. All strength to you.