Hand in Hand Zimbabwe, 2022 - Ongoing
HAND IN HAND IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY SUPPORTED SUCCESSFULLY IN INDIA. THROUGH THEIR COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT PROGRAMS, THEY WORK TO HELP UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES BY CREATING BETTER LIVES THROUGH JOB CREATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ORDER TO INCREASE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.
Through interventions which increase economic opportunities, Hand in Hand offers a helping hand to resource limited and marginalised people in rural communities – primarily women and youth. The aim is to create better livelihoods for themselves and their families through modular entrepreneurial development training, integrated with components such as motivation, health, gender, and environment.
Hand in Hand Zimbabwe commits itself to implementing sustainable interventions that contribute to fighting challenges such as food insecurity, poverty and an unattainable economy and effects of climate change that threaten individual and household wellbeing. Faced with ever-increasing inflation and skyrocketing basic commodities, it is more important than ever that communities are able to sustain themselves.
Delivered over six months, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe has a six module business development training course, including two exciting new modules – Credit Management Training and Enterprise Development.
We started supporting Hand in Hand’s work in Zimbabwe during 2022. Located in the Gwanda District, Simbumbumbu Village is hard hit by extreme poverty and high-unemployment, with a poverty prevalence rate of 73%. This is worsened by severe drought and extreme conditions as a result of climate change.
With our help, Simbumbumbu Village now has access to fresh running water. We have also empowered the community with better cultivation techniques and successfully fenced the horticultural Matshena garden and installed the solar-powered irrigation system using the sand abstraction method.
So far, they have established seedling and tree nurseries and constructed new toilets. Together, we have achieved our initial plan to have 20 self-help groups (SHGs) on site, supporting over 200 members in training.
Over the last six months, the Matshena Garden has been established with a variety of
crops including onion, butternuts and leafy vegetables. To support this, a fruit and vegetable drying processing centre was set up using solar dryers.
Hand in Hand has made a noticeable positive impact in an environment with difficult economic conditions, such as high inflation and lack of food support programs.
The aim is to create better lives through job creation and entrepreneurship in order to increase economic opportunities. Members receive training in entrepreneurship, orchard establishment, gardening, baking, chicken breeding, environment and climate change, and gender equality issues, amongst others.
Through our support and donations, more people are given the opportunity to start micro-enterprises, support their families, send their children to school and start believing in the future again.