Tafadzwa and Sifiso’s Story

A young Couple has managed to open a lucrative grocery store in Ward 9, Shurugwi District with the Help of Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.

Tafadzwa Matavire (34)  and Sifiso Machacha (28) are both members of Prosper star club in ward 10. The two joined Hand in Hand Zimbabwe under its Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY)Project in February 2018. The couple has two children that are of school going age.

The two have both received training on entrepreneurship, motivation, and health offered by the Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY)Project.

The modular training on opportunity identification and enterprise planning was very useful for  Tafadzwa and Sifiso as they were able to start the grocery store. where they sell basic commodities

Athough they already had an enterprise of selling airtime and cooking oil at their homestead, the couple was struggling to put food on their table and send their children to school.

From their sales, the couple gets an average net profit of between RGTS$150 –RTGS$250 per week.

In an interview, Tafadzwa says Hand in Hand Zimbabwe has immensely helped them in their business venture.

“We are proud of the fact that we are now able to pay school fees for our school going children and we now have hope for the future

“We plan to open a big grocery store by 2020 so that we are able to take our children to a better school for secondary education,” Tafadzwa said.

Rindai striving in her business

Rindai Chinyakata, is a widow aged 57. She stays at Mount Dor South resettlement which is 20 km away from the scenic Shurugwi. She has 6 children under her care. All her children are school going. 3 of them are at primary level, 1 secondary level and other 2 are infants.

She is the Chairperson of Fambiramberi Self Help Group which consists of 13 members.

Her journey to a better life has not been easy after the death of her husband. She lived a miserable life as she failed to send her children to school and could not afford to provide decent meals for them.

However, after going through the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe business training in 2018, Rindai says she realised that the death of a spouse is not the end of life.

“During the 2018/2019 farming season, I grew maize which I sold and made a profit of $256-00.

Since I have always dreamt of a piggery business, I then used this money to purchase  2 sows and a boar which cost $100.

Rindai is now leaving her dream as the pigs now have 6 more piglets.

When they mature she hopes to sell the piglets at $100 each

Rindai Chinyakata is a true example of how Hand in Hand Jobs Creation program empowers women, as she is now able to take care of herself and her family.

Apart from the piggery enterprise, Rindai also runs a chicken selling project which has greatly aided her in living a decent life.

Future Plans

Rindai is planning to build a proper structure to house her pigs. She also wants to supply butcheries and restaurants in Shurugwi with pork and chicken.

Amazing Grace Star Club Flea Market Flourishing

Five young women in Chirumanzu have successfully set up an exceptional flea market at Chachacha  Growth Point in the district after receiving the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Revolving fund through the MEY Project. 

After completing all the 6 modules on entrepreneurship,  health and motivation in 2018, the Amazing Grace Star Club decided to start a collective flea market business, they started  an Internal savings and lending scheme contributing $10 per month. 

The young women buy clothing supplies, footwear, jewellery, and toys from neighboring South Africa and Zambia for resale at the flea market which they have demarcated into five different stalls in order to accommodate all of them 

Since its inception in 2017, their business was however operating at a low scale until they registered with Hand in Hand Zimbabwe in 2018, got business training and received loans from the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Revolving Fund. 

Each member received a total loan of $600 which they used to boost stock and grow their business. 

The group Chairperson, 35 year old Lisa Chibura says the intervention of the organization through entrepreneurship training and the Revolving Fund has contributed immensely on the growth of the flea market. 

Through the income they get from their business, the young women, can now afford to pay their school fees as all of them are studying.  

Lisa who is current the chairperson and one of the founding members of the club says she is  grateful for the support that she received in training on entrepreneurship from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe. 

“Members of the group are informed on how to run a business and this has improved the quality of our business venture.. 

We are also grateful for the Revolving Fund as it has immensely helped us, without the fund I have no doubt that we would have ceased operation,” she said. 

Lisa says she is now able to pay school fees for their three children, look after her parents and make a decent living through of the flea market business.  

“We have all employed one woman each at the  flea markets in a bid to empower other women. 

“We are grateful to Hand in Hand for the knowledge and loan facility that they have helped us with. Currently each group member is getting an average of $800.00 per month from sales,” she said. 

THE FAMOUS SHONA PROVERB “MUSHA MUKADZI”

Ruth Nyoni aged 50 is married to Titos Fundira 57 years old reside in Fundira village in ward 15 Shurugwi District 50km east of the scenic Shurugwi town. She was born and buttered in Shurugwi, she is a mother of 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Ruth Nyoni and her family were surviving on subsistence farming prior to meeting Hand in Hand Zimbabwe. As she was telling her story, she testifies that after her husband was retrenched from Zimsaco life was tougher at their homestead, so that they were not able to fend for the family to the extent of roaming around the community beggaring for food

She never thought of being recognised  in the community due to high poverty in her family, the turning point come after she met the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe team doing the sensitisation of the Self Help Group concept. She was impressed by the concept that she went and encouraged other member of their group in September 2015 to join the Hand in Hand. Their group consist of 5 females by the name Takabatana, which is saving $10 per month charging 10% interest.

Mrs Fundira and her family own 1 and half acres of land at the back of her yard but the land was underutilised due to poverty within the family.  After joining the Self Help Group and received training on opportunity identification that’s when she realised a great opportunity within the community and borrowed money from the group savings and start a business. She ventured into farming as a business which specialises in tomatoes production. Ruth and her family started by planting 200 plants of tomatoes at the back of their yard and they were using bucket system to water the garden.

From the proceeds of the business they managed to buy a submissive pump which helped them to increase their production to 1200 plants. She testified that coming of Hand in Hand trainings helped her a lot “Ndaiva chiseko chenyika ndichishaya chekudya asi iko zvino ndakukwanisa kutenga chikafu uye kubhadharira vazukuru kuenda kuchikoro zvandakatadza pavana vangu”.  She further alludes that trainings helped her to further take farming as a business as she is now able to calculate the profits and losses incurred in her business. As she narrates her story she mentioned that they were only 2 round huts at their homestead up to 2015, but now they own a three roomed house roofed with metal sheets. Ruth “I never thought of owning and sleeping in beautiful house, cause of the life we used to leave. Now we own three cattle, one in my name and all the members of Takabata own a cattle.”  Titos Fundira, Ruth’s husband had quoted saying “ I worked for 12 goods years but I failed to build a good house but with the help of this golden woman it only take less than to 2 years to own a beautiful house, shuwa musha mukadzi

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Ruth and her husband had great future plans as they anticipates to have a 1000 litre tank in their garden so that they do away with the bucket system which is labourers. She also appreciate the value addition training which she hope to use in future to maximise her profit from the business. The family believes that with the continued support and trainings from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe and government ministries they are going to achieve a lot in the next few coming years. The also mentioned that if some of their community member embrace the ideas of Hand in Hand their community can become more better as witnessed in what they have achieved in these few years they have been working with the organisation. They went on to give praise to the organisation and encouraged members their came across to keep up the good work and better people’s lives.

Complied by

George T Baya

KNOWLEDGE the liberator

Constantine Mhlanga is 59 years old, a widower and a father of 4 children. 2 of them are married while the other 2 are still under his guardianship. Mr Mhalnga leaves in ward 10 Chachacha which is 25 km south-east of the scenic Shurugwi. He was retrenched from Shangani mine and received his package during the hyper-inflation era. This did not work out well for him and he drowned back into a poor life. However if you visit Constantine house for the first time you will not believe if it is a house of a normal village man. In attending the ward meetings, that’s when he met a Hand in Hand EDF and the field officer who were giving an update as well as selling the programme to the community. He got interested and visited the EDF at her house to find more about the programme and how he will benefit from the trainings. They went and mobilised other village members and formed their group known as Budiriro self-help group which consist of 10 members, 3 males and 7 females. Before joining Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Constantine was practising farming as a norm as everyone in the village do. His yard is more than an acre and blessed with a big pool of water but all this was underutilised. pastedGraphic.png

Prior to Hand in Hand Constantine had only 16 beds in the garden as this was only for subsistence. “I had lost hope in life after losing all my retrenchment package during the hyper-inflation era. I never thought of self-reliance again and was now relying everything on my children. After joining Hand in Hand the trainer taught me on opportunity identification, record keeping and marketing. I am now a well-known man in the village and rich in knowledge.”

Farming as business

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After joining Hand in Hand thats when he realised he can make a living out of the resource that were at his disposal which is a big pool of water and fertile soil and that’s when he enlarged his garden and planted 50 beds. He is now earning a living out of the horticulture, he is now supplying more than 100 bundles of green vegetables per week at the local restarants each cost $0.50. “ When I look back to almost  a year ago I could not even earn $5 per week and I was relying on my children for everything, but now am able”  

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Constantine harvesting tomatoes

Constantine has managed to do a lot from the profit that he is making from the garden and with the help from his children, he managed to construct a borehole and buy a tank in case of the big pool drying in the summer, he can water the garden all year. In addition to that he testified that he is now able to fend for his family and send the last born to school who is now going to Selusi University.

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FUTURE PLANS

Constantine is planning to have security fence around his homestead so that he start fish farming and piggery. He further alludes that, the homestead should be electrified as soon as possible as the fish and piggery project requires a lot of water which should be pumped from the borehole.    

Complied by 

George t baya                                                                 

HAND IN HAND A MESSIAH

Lucy Mepedzisi, a woman from Mhangami village in ward 10 which is located 28 km South of the lovely mountainous Shurugwi town, was born into a poor family 54 years ago. She is married and blessed with 4 children all are married but her husband was retrenched. Since the retrenchment of her husband life became a continuous, difficult journey of hardships. She never dreamt that she would own anything of value in life.

As she was narrating her story one could easily cry because of the life, she lived was so wretched, to the extent that she was given quasi names in the village. However a new dawn has arrived for Lucy, after she met Hand in Hand in 2014 as it provided knowledge on enterprise development and technical skills training in various aspects of life. She invited some of the women in her ward to form a group which they called Mukadzi Kushanda. The group consists of 14 women and at first they started off by saving $2 each and currently there are saving $10 per member every month at 20% interest charged on disbursed loans.

Prior to meeting Hand in Hand she had a business but nothing come out of that business as it was mainly hand to mouth consumption, however life changed after meeting the Hand in Hand team, as she borrowed money from their self-help group funds and started a small enterprise.”

She appreciated that, she never had an opportunity to go to school, so the Hand in Hand trainings were of much essence in her life, as she was not aware of any basic business topic “Nhasi ndatovewo graduate”. After receiving several trainings from Hand in Hand, she is now able to identify business opportunities, do proper record keeping and budgeting in her enterprises.  She lamented that since obtaining these trainings her life started to change and the business started to boom, all the pseudo names she was given in the village started to disappear. Mrs Mupedzi was grateful of the work that Hand in Hand in collaboration with government department is doing in their ward. “My sincere gratitude goes to the Hand in Hand and the government ministries for their untiring support and being an eye opener in business arena and technical skills training. Ndakadzidziswa kuchengeta chikafu chezvipfuwo zvangu sezvo mafuro achinetsa”

Lucy borrowed money from the group, started an enterprise of selling airtime, netting $2 profit  weekly but she never rested. She appreciated the trainings especially module one of Money Manage, as she is now  able to plan and budget well in her enterprise. In addition to that, Lucy’s diversify her enterprise ventured into selling of clothes and now she is enjoying a noble profit. A lot has changed in her life since obtaining trainings from Hand in Hand, she managed to renovate the house, tubing and electrifying the house and bought a nice black counch. In addition to that, she is now paying $40-00 school fees for her 2 granchildren both are at primary school.

Mr Mupedzisi had this to say “ After retrenchment, I thought it was end of life and things were difficult as I could not fend for my family, but God just answered our prayers through Hand in Hand trainings and the ISAL concept. I am now a man among other men in the village as our homestead looks beautiful through the hard work and teachings obtained by my better half Lucy.”