The Hand in Hand Zimbabwe Community Upliftment Programme (CUP) was formulated to enhance the community´s capacity to support itself through starting or strengthening group enterprises and economic activities. The interventions are built on help to self-help approach and seek to enable individuals, families, and communities to sustain themselves. Through the implementation of the CUP, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe seeks to reduce poverty in communities through job creation at the same time protecting the environment.

Currently there are five CUPs implemented in Zimbabwe. Duration for implementing CUPs is 30 months and pilot CUPs commenced in June 2018 in Bulilima and Chikomba and these are ending in 2020. Three other CUPs commenced in June 2019 in Chirumanzu, Nkayi and Lupane and are ending in December 2021.

Through this project, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe commits to implement sustainable interventions that contribute to the attainment of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 1- No Poverty; 2 -Zero Hunger; 5- Gender Equality; 6- Clean Water and Sanitation; 8-Decent Work and Economic Growth; 13-Climate Action and 17- Partnerships for the Goals. The project’s goal is to contribute sustainable economic activities for the target population including women and youth (80%) and men (20%). To achieve this goal, the project facilitates the establishment of cohesive SHGs and viable enterprises through six (6) modular trainings in self-help group strengthening and business development.

The project’s activities encompass social mobilization, conducting business training, training entrepreneurs on environmentally friendly practices and climate change, supporting garden enterprises through drilling boreholes and provision of fencing materials, establishing a market center with stalls, establishing incubator hatchery machines, supporting food processing enterprises with solar driers and linking entrepreneurs to markets. Other technical trainings conducted for the entrepreneurs as per need and these include Value addition, Gender mainstreaming, Branding and Packaging. Training of pump minders and Post-harvest handling will also be addressed.

By the end of the project, rural households living in poverty and vulnerable situations should be equipped with entrepreneurial and managerial skills, including savings and financial management. Environmentally friendly viable enterprises should be established or enhanced in targeted communities. Jobs are expected to be created through these interventions.