Ashoka Fellow
South Africa,
Fellow Since 2002
Abalimi Bezekhaya


This profile was prepared when Rob Small was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Rob treats the product and the process of community gardening as equally important. In his view community gardening not only puts food on the table, but also heals social and psychological wounds and creates a new, rich sense of community and community pride. Working with women and children, Rob and his team provide resources–low-cost supplies and ongoing technical advice–to help communities start and sustain their communal gardens. Rob and his team also encourage communities to share and exchange resources and to create seed banks that ensure an abundant supply of seeds. Rob believes that group gardening provides the poor with friendly, social, self-strengthening work, and that this activity brings people together and holds them together. This project provides a strong platform for further democratic efforts, both locally and in other psychologically traumatized cities.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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