On Monday, at least 100 members of the Zanu PF Women’s League received training on various income-generating projects at Chikanga Hall in Mutare.
The women drawn from Mutasa South were trained in batches on how to make fruit flavoured cordials, petroleum jelly and shoe polish.
Some of the trainees who spoke to The Manica Post Business hailed the party’s provincial secretary for finance, Cde Misheck Mugadza, for realising women’s potential.
Mutasa South Ward 14B chairlady, Cde Isabel Marange expressed her gratitude.
“Most of us have no sources of income. I am 54 and unemployed. l rely on hand-outs from my children and therefore such income generating projects will go a long way in empowering me.
“We are embracing economic empowerment like what the First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, always encourages us to do,” she said.
Cde Christine Chikaka said well-wishers donated resources to kickstart the projects. “We have already secured a market for our drinks, petroleum jelly and shoe polish,” she said. Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Nokhutula Matsikenyere also graced the occasion.
She urged the trained women to cascade the knowledge acquired to their families.
“Your projects should grow into big businesses, but before that, you need to teach your own family members so that they will help you in growing the business.
“For us to be able to attain the country’s Vision 2030, we need to embrace self employment and entrepreneurship. For this to happen, we start at the grassroots and that includes teaching our own children and grandchildren the basics of entrepreneurship,” she said.
Minister Matsikenyeri urged women to be financially independent and contribute towards the families’ incomes.
Cde Mugadza said income generating projects will empower women and eliminate the dependency syndrome.
“Very few resources are acquired to sustain these businesses. The beneficiaries are also guaranteed of a ready market, hence more profits for them. There is need to show the world that our mothers and sisters can be successful business people,” said Cde Mugadza.