Development programmes transform the lives of young women

By Tapiwa Machemedze

YOUNG women have been urged to take advantage of developmental programmes being rolled out in various sectors by the Young Women for Economic Development.

The role of young women in the mainstream economy has become topical with several agricultural programmes spearheaded by the Young Women for Economic Development Mashonaland Central Chapter taking shape.  

Speaking at a meeting with young women in Mount Darwin, Young Women for Economic Development National Chairperson Honourable Tatenda Mavetera challenged her counterparts not to be left behind in the national development matrix.

“We are here in Mount Darwin and we have horticulture projects, and poultry projects. We believe every young person has to be empowered to make sure they sustain themselves, we need to contribute towards Vision 2030,” she said.

Young women who have embarked on horticulture and poultry projects attest to the transformative nature of the empowerment programmes.

“We are now able to do projects, so far we are doing a broiler project and at my age I’m keeping 10 000 chickens and we have received incubators,” said a beneficiary.

“I was trained in dishwashing projects and petroleum jelly making so now I am better off because I was a sex worker, but now I can provide for my family through socially acceptable ways,” added another.

The Young Women for Economic Development is a brainchild of First Lady Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa and it seeks to promote young women’s inclusion in economic development as well as uplifting young women from diverse economic backgrounds.