Land for the vulnerable

poultry_zimMUTARE - In an endeavour to alleviate poverty and curb prostitution in the city, the local authority has given land to single women, some whom are former sex commercial workers, to start a poultry project to sustain their living. (Pictured: Poultry farming provides a means by which

The women, who are being bankrolled by the British Embassy, were given sites in Sakubva, Dangamvura and Yeovil. The Embassy has already donated day old chicks to the vulnerable women`s groups in the city for the project.

Mutare Town Clerk, Obert Muzawazi, said the council was responding to the call by poor women who wanted to embark on income generating projects to sustain themselves. He said it was the responsibility of local authorities to help the poor and marginalised members of the community. A local NGO, Self Help Development Foundation (SDHF), which is an implementing partner for British Embassy, said it was imperative for local authorities to work together with NGO in poverty reduction programmes.

SDHF Projects Officer, Zandile Mvududu said: “We thank the local council for empowering women through their generous donation of land for income generating projects. On behalf of Mutare women we really appreciate such a gesture”. A total of 75 women have undergone British Embassy sponsored training projects such as poultry and dressmaking. The Mutare Single Women Association was established in 1996 with support of the local authority to fight the spread of HIV and Aids.

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