Land for women’s projects

In an effort to alleviate poverty and curb prostitution in the city, the local authority has made land available to women’s projects for the purpose of starting a poultry project.

The project, which is being bankrolled by British Embassy, has made land available in Sakubva, Dangamvura and Yeovil and provided the women with day old chicks.

Mutare Town Clerk, Obert Muzawazi, said the council was responding to the call by the impoverished women who wanted to start income generating projects but lacked the basic resources. 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, which is an implementing partner for the British Embassy, said it was imperative for local authorities to work together with NGOs 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 the women in Mutare, we really appreciate such a gesture”.

A total of 75 women have undergone British Embassy-sponsored training in income generating 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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