The garden of Malanti is part of the “Garden of Skills” innovative project initiated by Designing Hope in 2020 which consists in associating on the same site a “Garden Forest”, in the middle of which will be built an activity and training centre in the fields of agroecology, agroforestry, craftsmanship, and micro-project management.

Malanti Garden, Eswatini


Designing Hope and its local partner in Eswatini, the association Fundzisa Live, acquired a one-hectare plot of land in September 2020 in Malanti, a village which is located 20km from Piggs Peak on the road to the capital, Mbabane, to implement this project.
The Forest Garden is a principle developed in agroforestry consisting in enhancing the use of space by associating large trees, berries, market gardening and small livestock farming.

The varieties of trees will be varied, chosen for wood production, the production of nutritious leaves for humans (Moringa) or for use as fodder, fruit production, but also for their capacity to fertilise the soil, reduce evaporation and allow market gardening in an optimised setting.
The activity and training centre will propose the activities currently offered to the women supported by the association, by making available workshops equipped for sewing, handicrafts, but also the
processing of garden products, and learning recipes chosen for their nutritional value. The sewing room will be much more adapted to the needs, and will allow the women to engage in more ambitious local projects, such as the provision of uniforms
school and to explore other markets, the manufacture of professional clothing, in the health sector for example, by promoting the close links they have established with the hospital.

Training “outside the walls” (agroecology, environmental awareness, nutrition) will be offered in the association’s partner schools, in addition to the visits of the garden.


A project supported by Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche,
with the additional fundings of Raja Foundation (Raja Awards 2020) and The Ivory Foundation

  • Discover below the progresses of Malanti Garden !

Creation of a plan for the Garden of Skills to organise the planning of crops, Eswatini

Two of the main objectives of the Garden of Skills are to become a training centre in the fields of agroecology and agroforestry, as well as nutrition, while developing a catering activity.  It is important to ensure good management and … Read More

Activities with children in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Since the beginning of June, the Garden of Skills has been welcoming children from the Malanti community. They are divided into four groups, and come once a week from Monday to Thursday, in turn. They come after school and meet … Read More

Mulching and crop enrichment in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women use natural fertilizers such as compost, manure and biochar produced locally with the support of The Ivory Foundation to enrich the crop beds in the Garden of Skills. Grass, previously cut on the ground and then dried, is … Read More

Collecting compost for the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to fertilize the new planting beds set up each week in the Garden of Skills, the women of Fundzisa Live, accompanied by men from the community of Malanti, went to the logging area on the outskirts of Piggs … Read More

First planting on the new beds in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

After enriching the soil with compost, manure and biochar produced with the support of The Ivory Foundation, the women of Fundzisa Live planted the first crops on the new cultivation beds. Various vegetables (carrots, lettuce, spinach, radishes) were planted in … Read More

Planting trees in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The Garden of Skills is a pilot project in agroforestry whose objective is to promote agroecological practices by becoming a training center in agroforestry. Thus, following the principles of agroforestry, the women in charge of the garden have planted trees … Read More

Seedlings in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

Today, the women of the Garden of Skills planted peppers, beets, lettuce and spinach on the beds of the “Teenji” (Teen G for youth garden), the garden in front of the workshop, half of which is used for educational activities … Read More

Harvesting Jugo Beans at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women of the Garden of Skills harvested Jugo Beans which they then prepared with a traditional recipe. Jugo beans are beans grown in Eswatini and have a taste similar to peanuts. Once cooked in water they are ready to … Read More

Preparation of sweet potatoes harvested from the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

To add value to vegetable production from the Garden of Skills, Tolaguele cooked the harvested sweet potatoes. As part of the nutrition training that will be offered at the garden, recipes using little salt and only natural spices will be … Read More

Sweet potato harvest in the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The women in charge of the maintenance of the Garden of Skills have begun harvesting the sweet potatoes planted a few months earlier on one of the first plots of land set up on the new Malanti site.

Creation of new crop beds at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to develop a model of food self-sufficiency in the Garden of Skills, the women of Fundzisa Live in charge of the garden prepare new crop beds every week to make the most of the cultivated area. A hard … Read More

Assembling trays for the greenhouse nursery at the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

A system of interlocking trays developed by Designing Hope was entrusted to the women of Malanti to optimize their plant production. This durable and resistant system avoids the use of disposable cups, which are difficult to find locally.

The Garden of Skills is up and running, Eswatini

The access road and the construction of the Garden of Skills are now complete and everything is ready for the activities of the centre: A 100m2 workshop, an open kitchen, a sanitary block, the director’s house, the volunteers’ house, a … Read More

The greenhouse of the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

The greenhouse at the Garden of Skills was set up by the deaf and hard of hearing youngsters supported by The Ivory Foundation in Lesotho, modelled on the one they built for there school two years ago.  This greenhouse, covered … Read More

GreenJo beds from the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to map the land, and to plan the crops, the beds at the Garden of Skills were named so that the women could better identify them. The “GreenJo” beds are located between the Greenhouse and the “Jojo tank” … Read More

Planting of fruit and fertilizer trees in Malanti, Eswatini

The garden of Skills in Malanti will be developed according to the principles of principles of agroforestry. The women have started to plant fertilizer trees and fruit trees on the land in alternation, and the cultivated plots will be placed … Read More

Development of the access road to the Garden of Skills in Malanti, Eswatini.

After the intervention of a bulldozer to create an access road to the garden from the main road, the women undertook the realization of a gutter all along the road with underground pipes in order to evacuate the water during … Read More

Strengthening the access road to the Garden of Skills, Malanti

The women of Fundiza Live called on people from the community of Malanti to help them reinforce the access road to the garden. Indeed, after having excavated the ground, the realization of a cement gutter all along the road and … Read More

Cultivating the greenhouse of the Garden of Skills, Malanti, Eswatini

The women of Fundzisa Live have undertaken to prepare the cultivation beds inside the greenhouse of the Garden of Skills in Malanti. They put into practice the technique of “lasagna beds”. They collected materials from the field, as well as … Read More

Building the greenhouse of Malanti, Swaziland.

Following their experience in Lesotho, the deaf and hard of hearing young people from St Monica’s farm in Lesotho came to help the women of Malanti to build a greenhouse similar to the one they built at the school in … Read More

Sweet potato plantation in Malanti

The women in charge of the Malanti garden have planted sweet potato crops. These are traditionally used on sloping land to avoid drainage and to cover areas that are difficult to cultivate as long plots, because of the presence of … Read More

The Garden of Skills offers a typical Eswatini landscape

The Malanti garden has a rather exceptional view of a valley in an area where the indigenous vegetation has been preserved from the intensive eucalyptus cultivation that is a threat to biodiversity in other parts of the country.

Planting maize using the “Zaï” technique in Malanti, Eswatini

The women in charge of the Garden of Skills in Malanti have planted corn. To do this, they followed the curve of the land without clearing it all, using the Zaï technique, which consists of digging basins 20 to 40 … Read More

First planting beds in the knowledge garden (Eswatini)

The first cultivation beds have been set up at the Malanti knowledge garden in Eswatini by the women in charge of the garden. These beds are cultivated strips that follow the slope of the land and are 1m/1m20 wide. Onions, … Read More

Development of the Knowledge Garden

Within the knowledge garden in Malanti, Eswatini, two chalets have been built to allow the installation of dry toilets and a room for the women to store their belongings.  A road is also being constructed for which a gully is … Read More

The Mandala of Malanti Knowledge Garden

The women in charge of the Malanti skills garden in Eswatini have created a mandala, a garden in the shape of flowers where the petals are represented by crop boards. The mandala will serve as a roundabout for the seasonal … Read More

Making an Aromatic Plants Garden

At the Garden of Skills in Malanti – Eswatini, the women in charge of the garden improvised a spiral garden using stones from the garden. They used the stones that are naturally present in this very mountainous region of Eswatini, … Read More

First cabins at Malanti’s garden, Eswatini

The construction of little cabins has just started. These cabins are the result of a local and sustainable economy: they have been made using wood from local forest production and have been assembled by a company located near the center. … Read More

Sweet potato installation at Malanti garden, Eswatini

The development of the Malanti field is ongoing and the plantations begin with sweet potatoes! This species is particularly well adapted to the landscape of small mountains and hills with rocks in Eswatini, as well as its tropical climate. The … Read More

Soil preparation at the Garden of Skills

The malanti field has been completely cleared. The grass that has been removed will be used for compost as well as for mulching the crops. In addition, the sweet potatoes that were planted a little over a month ago are … Read More

Creation of the access road to the Malanti site

Malanti Garden is located about 20 km from Piggs Peak, high up on the main road to Mbabane, the capital of Eswatini. This makes it a popular and easily accessible location for the surrounding population. However, as the Malanti garden … Read More

Work begins on the Malanti garden!

The first developments began in Malanti Garden, north of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). As the seasons are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere, it is currently summer in this part of the world, but it is also the rainy season. The … Read More