HIH in Zimbabwe is presently operational in seven districts namely Bulilima, Chikomba, Chirumanzu, Gwanda, Lupane, Nkayi and Shurugwi.
The Vision for Hand in Hand Zimbabwe is “Poverty alleviation through job creation” and its Mission is “To eradicate poverty amongst the poor with the focus on income generation, capacity building and empowerment through supporting enterprise development”.
In January 2011, Hand in Hand Sweden (HiH Sweden) was the lead applicant of a 2,5-year Enterprise Development Programme in Zimbabwe that was implemented by Hand in Hand Southern Africa in partnership with We Effect (former Swedish Cooperative Centre). The project focused on social mobilization and sustainable livelihoods of poor and marginalized people, and women in particular, in rural Zimbabwe. The programme was financed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery. Upon conclusion of this project, Hand in Hand Sweden continued with support to Hand in Hand Southern Africa’s operations in Zimbabwe from January 2014 to March 2015. Hand in Hand Zimbabwe transitioned to a Legal Separate Entity in during the period April/May 2015.
In July 2015 Hand in Hand Future Trust Zimbabwe (trading as Hand in Hand Zimbabwe) was registered as a non-profit trust in Zimbabwe. An 18-month livelihoods programme was initiated, running from July 2015 to Dec 2016, funded by HiH Sweden. As of today, the trust has is a full fledge organization and pursuing registration as a PVO in Zimbabwe. The organization has grown from one person to over 30 staff and more than 60 Enterprise Development Facilitators and grew from presence in 5 districts at inception to seven. The purpose of HiH Zimbabwe is to help resource limited and marginalized people, women in particular, to create better livelihoods for themselves and their families. The socioeconomic empowerment of women increase their capacity to demand basic human rights and access social services. This is done through a help to self-help approach, building upon a 4-step model of 1) social mobilization into self-help groups (SHGs), 2) training in entrepreneurship and economic development, 3) facilitating access to microloans and 4) market linkage and value addition. In addition to implementation of the 4-step model in Zimbabwe, this model is currently implemented, with contextual adaptations, by Hand in Hand partners in four other countries (India, Kenya, Afghanistan and Rwanda).