The Waitrose Foundation remains acutely aware that it serves communities who are in remote rural locations and therefore often marginalised. There is a significant personal and financial cost to adequately serve rural communities. This means that critical social, health and educational services are often disjointed or piecemeal.
The farm worker empowerment approach of the Foundation therefore supplements government services and creates opportunities for Peer Learning through network training initiatives. An additional outcome of this approach is stronger working relationships in the social development domain among farms in a particular region.
The training of worker committee chairpersons and project coordinators in Grabouw in the Western Cape recently demonstrated the value of this approach as well as giving hope for finding solutions through people who are available in their region.