Phalaborwa-born Faith Mokgalaka is the founder and chief executive of Puno Greenery. Along with her team, she works to aid the farming community.
Puno is a platform which allows farmers to crowdsource funds, sell their harvests in advance, or sell shares in their farms. “We spend every day thinking about how we can best be of service to them,” she says.
According to Mokgalaka, Puno exists for three main reasons: to motivate Africa’s 33-million small-scale farmers to commercialise; to decrease barriers to entry for emerging farmers into the agricultural space; and to make resources accessible to the farming community.
Mokgalaka wants to see the process of getting involved in farming become easier for young black people, without facing as many barriers to entry. “The stigma around agriculture is one of these barriers,” she says.
“My proudest moment is seeing a smile on a farmer’s face. It has always been, and will continue to be.”