Elliot Nharo’s enterprise that motivated him to go to college at Driefontein
Victim FElliot Nharo is a living testimony of how Hand in Hand Zimbabwe is transforming lives of people who previously had no hope in the future. The 33 year-old man grew up in the poverty stricken communities of Chirumanzu district and failed to complete his education due to lack of resources.
Elliot’s prospects of a bright future dimmed further when he got married in 2016 when he did not have any source of income. However, a silver lining only appeared two years later when heard about the Motivated and Entrepreneurial Youth (MEY) Project by the EDF Korona Makaure.
MEY is a youth project that focuses on three components of health, entrepreneurship and life motivation (hope for the future) implemented by Hand in Hand Zimbabwe, Midlands Aids Service Organization and Star for life in Chirumanzu and Shurugwi.
A light soon ignited within Elliot and, together with his friends and community members, formed a group called Tarisiro (Hope for the future). The group, comprising of nine members – three females and six males – decided to try their luck in a horticulture enterprise.
“After being trained on opportunity identification and enterprise planning, I realised that I have many talents but I had to choose one that had potential to improve my livelihood. I started by making bathing sacks and later abandoned it to focus on horticulture,” he said.
Elliot started growing tomatoes in March 2019 and by June he was making between ZW$350 and ZW$400 per month. The quality of his products endeared him to Hama High school, St Theresa and the business community as well as the locals. By the end of the year, Elliot had made sales surpassing ZW$7 500.
Elliot said he was grateful to Hand in Hand for training him through their MEY project, which made him realise his potential.
“There are many resources in this ward that were not utilised until Hand in Hand came and imparted us with the skills that we needed to catalyse production, increase incomes and reduce poverty in our households,” he said.
Although his garden was flourishing, Elliot noticed that his crops were also suffering from high post-harvest losses, low prices due to the absence of processing and storage facilities. This situation forced him to rethink about his business and ways to increase his profit. Elliot then enrolled for a National certificate in horticulture at Driefontein technical college so that he can add value to his anchored enterprise. Driefontein technical college is a sister college to Driefontein high school located about 30 km from Mvuma in the Midlands Province
“After completing my studies I anticipate higher yields from improved production and I also intend to help my fellow group members to boost production. Hopefully this will facilitate the creation of employment and bringing about a general improvement of living standards for our families and the surrounding community. I thank Hand in Hand for bringing such an innovative project to my area,” Elliot said.
Ward 23 Councillor Ms Musasa commended Hand in Hand for introducing the life-changing project in her constituent.
“Hand in Hand has greatly improved Elliot’s life. Even his behaviour is now development oriented. I never though he will be able to work for himself and send himself to college,” she said.
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