Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts Supports Capability Empowerment Project
Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts has become a proud sponsor of the Community Action Partnership (CAP) CAPability protective workshop for disabled persons. The workshop is held in the SwellenMark shopping Centre, Swellendam and Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts opened a store their to support the running costs of the newly launched workshop.
The CAPability workshop offers people with disabilities and with some talent an opportunity to become part of the mainstream economy by providing a place where they can work without having to feel mentally and physically threatened. “The men and women working at the workshop are different, but they still have a lot to offer society,” says Herman Smit, one of the founders of CAP. Giving people with disability an opportunity to work and earn an income gives them a sense of belonging and self-worth. The primary activities at the workshop includes technical and life skills training, as well as physical activity after work.
The partnership between Montagu and CAP is a win-win situation. “We developed two product ranges that needed capable hands for manufacturing and packaging. CAP had a workforce with a capacity to do just that. That was the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship,” says De Wet van Rooyen, Operations Manager for Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts.
“What drew us to CAP was that they are an empowerment organisation that makes a long-term sustainable difference in the lives of those they work with,” says Van Rooyen. “One of MDFN’s core values as an organisation is to unlock talents and human abilities and at the CAPability Workshop individuals with special talents are given an opportunity where their talents and abilities can be unlocked, expressed and developed in a non-threatening environment,” says Van Rooyen.
“We have a lot of individual success stories, but the biggest success story is to see people evolve from being totally shy and introverted to individuals that are proud of their work, who start dreaming and believing in themselves again,” says Smit.
CAP will be producing the new “Montasatie”, a dried fruit skewer and the “Sunshine Surprise”, choice dried fruit with nuts filling for Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts. These two products will be available exclusively at Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts stores and will directly benefit CAP with the constant work flow for their staff. CAP is also the proud new franchisee of the Swellendam Montagu franchise with profits from the store directly benefiting the workshop.
“As a proud South African brand our vision is to have a successful organisation that benefits the wider SA economy,” says Van Rooyen. This is one of the reasons why Montagu decided to franchise and also why they’ve now invested in an organisation like CAP. “We are very proud to be a part of this workshop that offers people that are slightly different an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of employment and contribute to their families, community and the SA economy,” concludes Van Rooyen.
You can support this initiative by purchasing the new Montasatie fruit skewer – perfect for lunchboxes – or the Sunshine Surprise gift boxes, exclusively available from Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts speciality stores nationwide.