In partnership with the Leshiba Community Development Trust, Afristar organized and facilitated Applied Permaculture Trainings for local community members from villages in Vhembe district, Limpopo at the Lesheba Permaculture & Indigenous Knowledge Centre. The trainings aimed to build local capacity in homestead food production and sustainable land management to improve livelihoods, increase food security, and empower communities to lift themselves out of poverty. One specific outcome of these trainings was for each participant to apply permaculture skills to improve their own homesteads and generate income, acting as living models for sustainability within their communities. Another main objective was by the end of the training series, for participants to emerge with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become community-based permaculture educators, holding workshops in their own villages and neighboring communities for lasting, widespread impact.
Since the completion of the training series, several homestead permaculture sites were developed by participants, in Kuthama-Sintumule, Elim and Bodwe communities. In Bodwe, participants from Light of Mercy Community Center went on to develop their center into a Permaculture Demonstration site and Training Venue, in partnership with Afristar and LCDT. Several participants from the training series have gone on to work as community permaculture educators and project assistants in their communities, involved in work with SEED, implementing permaculture programs in local schools.