From Teacher to Farmer: Meet the KZN Woman Who Ditched the Classroom to Build a Thriving Piggery

From Teacher to Farmer: Meet the KZN Woman Who Ditched the Classroom to Build a Thriving Piggery

  • Siphelele Siyaya, a 28-year-old woman from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, defied expectations by transitioning from teaching to pig farming
  • Inspired by her grandmother's love for pigs and a desire to create jobs in her community, she established Madlikivane Piggery
  • Siphelele's story has resonated with many, as social media users showered her with praise and support

A teacher has garnered attention after finding success transitioning from classroom teaching to pig farming. Against all odds as a female and an educated individual, she boldly pursued her dreams.

The story has gone viral on social media, with netizens showering her with praise for her boldness and dedication to becoming an independent woman in a world where female self-dependency is often considered unattainable.

KZN pig farmer
Siphelele Siyaya saved up money while working as a teacher to start her piggery. Image: Black Capitalist
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As a proud pig farmer at 28, Siphelele Siyaya has made a name for herself, defying expectations and proving that ambition and hard work can turn dreams into reality.

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From chalkboard to pigsty

The South African woman saved up money while working as a teacher to buy land and start her own pig farm, known today as Madlikivane Piggery, in KwaNongoma.

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She shared via a Facebook post made by Black Capitalist:

"What motivated me to venture into pig farming is the love I have for pigs, which my maternal grandmother instilled in me when I was younger. I also wanted to create job opportunities in my community"

Siphelele sells fresh pork and pork sausages. And the business has boomed impressively.

Siphele advises young people who have an interest in agriculture to do their research into the industry and visit as many farms as they possibly can, as being a farmer comes with its fair share of challenges.

She added:

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"I want to urge other farmers to be open to sharing their experiences with aspiring farmers; this really helped me when I started my pig farming journey"

In the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, Siphelele's piggery stands as a testament to the woman who dared to swap chalk for slop and write her own story, one snort at a time.

Netizens show piggery owner love

Social media users flooded the post with positive comments, commending the farmer's bold move and wishing her success.

Shone montego replied:

"Much respect for this lady."

King Jah & Dqueen said:

"I respect your work keep it up, it's still a dream to me I'm so proud of you and your accomplishments keep up the amazing work."

Tshidiso Mooso commented:

"Good Job very interesting & I love Pigs as well when I was growing up my great grandmother had Pigs I have a bit of experience with pigs are like in real life."

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Lizzy Blessed Ministries wrote:

"I pray that 2024 be a better year for you. May doors of greatness be opened for you."

Zamokuhle Mathenjwa Ndabezitha responded:

"Ungumuntu wokuthathwa kewema because uyazisebenza..hawu sesakhathala ukusentshenzwa....siyakubongela ntombhi esencane."

GRB Developments said:

"Legendary!!! So great seeing stories like this. Well done to you!!"

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By consistently setting aside money daily, she amassed a substantial sum of cash, as seen in the video where she proudly counts and displays her newfound wealth.


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