Last week, Hand in Hand Zimbabwe (HiHZim) conducted a mini-market fair for entrepreneurs in Dandanda village, Lupane, as a way of providing them with a platform to showcase their products.
More than 20 groups drawn from Lupane district took part, showcasing various products such as small livestock, bread, dried vegetables, honey, handbags, cakes, sanitisers, juices, plain buns, fruits, sugar beans, sweet potatoes, lemons, green vegetables, tomatoes and onions, just to mention a few.
Commenting on the mini-market fair, Tete said he was surprised by the number of people that came and the entrepreneurs that exhibited as well as the partners that supported them.
“What has also encouraged me is the number of entrepreneurs that have their goods being bought. It’s quite surprising. So many people and entrepreneurs coming for such a mini-fair over a distance like this, it’s quite encouraging,” he said.
Entrepreneurs said the show was a success as they managed to sell their products and share ideas.
They also urged (HiHZim) to conduct similar shows regularly.
Under its market linkages project, (HiHZim) seeks to reinforce access to markets and access to finance for entrepreneurs that it is supporting.
Through the project, entrepreneurs are capacitated to form cluster and commodity associations for collective efficiency in marketing. Look and learn exchange visits of cluster committees are undertaken.
Enterprise competitions are held between participating groups to enhance competitiveness.
Entrepreneurs are capacitated on market engagement, conducting market surveys including full market assessment on high value markets.
Entrepreneurs undergo training, mentoring and coaching sessions on engaging with markets to enhance their bargaining skills.
HHZ presently operates in Bulilima and Gwanda in Matabeleland South province, Lupane and Nkayi in Matabeleland North, Chirumanzu and Shurugwi in Midlands province and Chikomba district in Mashonaland East