EcoTraining Celebrates International Day for Rural Women

On the International Day of Rural Women, meet the remarkable EcoTraining team of women who are leading their families and their communities to a better life in areas like the town of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga and Makuleke village in Limpopo.

Every year, the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors women and girls living in rural areas on 15 October.

This day recognizes the crucial role that women and girls play in ensuring the sustainability of rural households and communities, by improving livelihoods and the overall wellbeing of rural communities.

There is also a big focus on the contribution of rural mothers, daughters, and grandmothers in producing food, and building agricultural and rural development worldwide.

International Day for rural woman

The beautiful ladies from EcoTraining Makuleke camp

“Today I want to talk about how proud I am as a woman in my community. I always encourage other women to work so that they can support their kids and their families. I also encourage them to protect our nature because nature helps us to keep good health”, said Ezra Makamu the Karongwe EcoTraining Camp Coordinator.

These women are not only providing for their families daily, but they are also empowering people from their communities with knowledge on how to appreciate and care for their surroundings.

“EcoTraining is a place with lots of animals, trees, and grasses. When I go home, I teach people how to protect our nature”, said Linneth Mabuye an EcoTraining staff member.

At EcoTraining where 18 women from rural communities are employed, we believe that empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it is critical in the fight against poverty and hunger in these South African communities.

The women who work for EcoTraining understand that their conservation efforts and respect towards nature play a big part in securing a better future for their children. Watch their video interview.

We are committed to continuing to employ, upskill and educate the rural women in the surrounding communities for years to come.