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.