THE JOBS FOR ZIMBABWE PROJECT (JFZ)

The Jobs for Zimbabwe project aim to improve sustainable household economy for the
target population including women and youth.
The project was implemented after realizing that Women in Chirumanzu who play a pivotal
role in fending for the families have low educational levels, lack adequate entrepreneurial
skills and technical skills, have no financial support and those that attempt to start-up micro-
enterprises have no access to lucrative markets and/or micro-finance.
It was observed that their vulnerability further exacerbated by the unabated closure of
industries which has resulted in high unemployment rates and poverty.
To improve a sustainable economy for the populace through this project Hand in Hand
Zimbabwe, takes up a 4-step model consisting of social mobilisation into self-help groups
(SHGs), training in entrepreneurship and economic development, facilitating access to
internal and external microloan schemes, market linkage and value addition and technical,
gender and environmental trainings in collaboration with various government line ministries
and local authorities.
To ensure that the overall objective and the main outcomes are achieved, aspiring SHG
members are mobilised into SHGs that range from 6 to 20 members and undergo an
intensive six (6) modular training culminating in graduation and issuance of a certificate. The
SHG concept is important for fostering SHG cohesion and sharing ideas among the
members. The modular trainings play a pivotal role of honing business acumen among the
women and youth.