Green Enterprises Project
Green Enterprises Project is one of the economically and environmentally viable projects that has been adopted by Hand in Hand Zimbabwe as a pilot venture in Gwanda district. The project was incepted in September 2018 and is expected to run until August 2021. The project seeks to achieve improved sustainable economic activities and strengthened resilience to climate change for the resource-constrained communities – particularly women and young people. This goal will be achieved through climate-smart agriculture (irrigated horticulture) and beekeeping. These interventions are part and parcel of climate change adaptive strategies. By its very nature the project targets to benefit 80% women and 20% men in Ward 6,7,14 and 20 in Gwanda.
The project also targets to benefit at least 30% youth of the targeted population as taking on board women and youths in economic activities has proved to enhance their participation in decision-making at household and community level, subsequently reducing their vulnerability to all forms of abuse. Further, the project will consider environmental issues by reducing deforestation to acceptable levels during project operation, through afforestation, reforestation and agroforestry, climate-smart agriculture, renewable and sustainable energy and waste management and recycling. To achieve viable outcomes, the project will partner with government ministries and local authorities among others. By August 2021, the project is expected to establish at least 300 individual and 30 group enterprises that are adaptive and/or mitigate climate change shocks, improve climate change resilience of the enterprise
and increase the entrepreneurs’ income generation. The project is expected to create green jobs for the communities.