Govt hailed for women empowerment programmes

By Gay Matambo

COMMUNITIES in Mushandike area of Masvingo West constituency have welcomed government’s women empowerment programmes, saying they are an effective tool for the development of rural communities.

A total of 200 women drawn from Masvingo West constituency have completed a training programme for producing detergents, foam bath and toilet cleaners.

The beneficiaries, who graduated at Mushandike last Sunday, are confident of the transformative nature of the empowerment programme.

“We never thought that this programme will come to our area, now we are able to bake cakes and buns for our children and even for sale to our community members at low prices and as women, we have benefitted a lot from this programme.

“We used to buy each and everything. We did not know that we can make these products ourselves,” said a beneficiary of the programme.

The training programme is in line with the Second Republic’s efforts to empower women in different sectors of the economy.

“We have started this programme here in Mushandike and this is the first group. We intend to have more than 50 groups. This will create more competition for you. Our President, Cde Mnangagwa always says brick by brick we can build our country and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Phainos Makwarimba, Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Secretary for Education.

Legislator for Masvingo West constituency, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira who attended the graduation ceremony, is convinced that the programme is a step in the right direction as the country marches towards an upper-middle-income society by 2030.

“I would like to thank those who came forward to train these women. No age group was excluded. The young women and the elderly were equally represented.

“We are going to ensure that these women find markets for their products. Through such programmes, the Vision 2030 of our President can be achieved,” he said.

As part of efforts to empower women, the government established the Zimbabwe Women’s Micro-Finance Bank, which offers financial assistance to women in small to medium enterprises.