Zwalithombo SHG successfully establishes income generating enterprises

Zwalithombo Self Help Group has cast its net deeper into business by venturing on various income generation projects in Ward 20 Gwanda district -as a way of expanding their streams of income.

The 19-member group has successfully set up a horticultural garden, an apiary, a poultry project and rabbit production enterprise.

Plants in their horticultural include onion, tomatoes and wheat. The group also hypes on having a stock of 11 rabbits and 25 chickens.

Although they have already started selling tomatoes at ZAR100 per bucket, group members say they are yet to sell the rabbits and the chickens.

SHG members also plan to share profit from all their sales in December.

22-year-old Partricia Dube said although she is looking forward to receiving her share of the profit in December, she has greatly benefited from the group’s Internal Savings and Lendings (ISALs) where they lend each other money at a 10 percent interest per month.

“ISALs enabled me to boost my business and as a result “I’m enjoying financial freedom. I can now take care of my 2-year-old child, buy supplementary foodstuff and cater for household expenses,” she said.

Kgotso Garden project pays off

Kgotso Self Help Group members have successfully transformed a 40 x 30m piece of land in Mpaya Village, Gwanda District into a flourishing garden with the help of Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.
The 23 members, who previously struggled to earn a decent living in the region said their lives changed for the better after getting business training and technical support from HiH Zim in 2019- after which they decided to venture into horticulture.
The group’s blossoming garden has a variety of horticultural crops such as chomolia, onion, and tomatoes.
Although the group was originally formed in June 2019, members started planting in August 2019.
Within a short space of time, the group increased production and they started earning an income from their hard work. In 2019 alone, members say they sold 842 bundles of Chomolia which amounted to ZAR8420.
Group members indicated that they sell their tomatoes for ZAR80 per bucket/ ZAR10 per kg and Chomolia for ZAR10 per bundle.
They added that in 2020, they have so far sold produce worth ZAR1700 and on a good month they can sell up to 52 bundles per week to the local community and schools, who are their main market source.
One of the group members Rose Dube said the earnings from their horticultural venture have greatly changed her life for the better as she can now afford to pay school fees for her children and cater for other monetary responsibilities in her home.
She commended Hand in Hand Zimbabwe for the business training and guidance, citing that it greatly contributed to the growth of their enterprise and livelihood enhancement.
“We are really grateful for the help we received from Hand in Hand Zimbabwe and we would love to continue working with the organisation in expanding our business venture,” she said.

Ikusasa Lethu Self Help Group (SHG) on a mission to end poverty

Ikusasa Lethu Self Help Group (SHG) from Ward 16, Gwanda District has successfully unleashed their business potential into sheep production and baking, a move that’s set to improve their livelihoods.

The group which is made up of 8 members sprang into action after joining Hand in Hand Zimbabwe (HiHZim) in April 2019 following a sensitization meeting conducted by the organisation.

Shortly after joining the organisation, under the Jobs Creation Program (JCP), the group went through entrepreneurial skills training which aided them in opportunity identification hence their decision to venture in sheep production.

The group then pulled resources together which they used to buy 10 sheep. Members say they decided to venture in sheep production because sheep are easy to handle, generally require little input and are very profitable.
To date, the group has managed to sell two (2) sheep for ZAR400 to local buyers and currently has a stock of 27 which they plan on selling after 6 months to business centres and the local community.

After noting that sheep takes time to mature, the group decided to venture on a baking project which has impressively turned into a burgeoning enterprise in their ward due to demand of their baked products.

The group members mainly bake meat pies, rock buns and plain buns. Each rock bun ranges from a price of ZAR10-30 according to size while plain buns are ZAR20 for six (6) and meat pies are ZAR10 each.

Ikusasa Lethu have so far made ZAR1120 from their sales since May last year and have since used part of the money to buy an oven to increase production and meet market demand of their products.

Group members said they are yet to get paid from their business ventures but have greatly benefited from Internal Savings and Lendings (ISALs) where they lend each other money at a 10 percent interest per month.
They noted that the ISALS have boosted their individual enterprises and improved their livelihoods.

They also commended Hand in Hand Zimbabwe for the business trainings, citing that the knowledge they received has transformed them into successful entrepreneurs.

Zithuthukise SHG establishes lucrative goat rearing enterprise

Zithuthukise Self Help Group (SHG) is pulling itself out of poverty through the establishment of a lucrative goat rearing enterprise.
The group, located in Ward 13 Gwanda District’s Garanyemba village is the first beneficiary of the Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Community Upliftment Project (CUP) in the district.

After seeing an increasing demand for goat meat, eight members – six women and two men – formed the SHG under the guidance of HiHZim in March 2019. The group then pulled resources together which they used to buy 10 goats in November 2019. The members said they decided to venture on a goat enterprise because goats are easy to keep and are very profitable as the feed costs are low due to the fact that they browse on trees and feed on a variety of grasses.

To date, Zithuthukise SHG has a stock of 24 goats on its books and is planning to sell part of the stock to the local community and local butcheries once ready for the market and share the profits in December.
The group is also into Internal Savings and Lendings (ISALs) where they lend each other money at a 10 percent interest per month and this has boosted their livelihoods and individual enterprises.
The group members are grateful for trainings they received from HiH Zim and currently have total savings of R8 670, of which R5 000 has been borrowed by group members.

As a way of growing their income streams, Zithuthukise is also working on establishing a fodder bank.
The fodder bank will be watered by a solar-powered borehole donated by Hand in Hand Zimbabwe.
While the group will use some of the fodder to feed their goats, they will diversify their income streams through selling some of the fodder to community members.

Samukeliso Sibanda, 35, a member of the garden, says the group has learnt a lot from the HiH Zim business trainings.
“Apart from our collective flourishing goat enterprise, I have done pretty well in my individual enterprise as well. I can now take care of my two children and pay their school fees on time,” she said.