Mateta, Nyamunga villagers motivated to embark on rural industrialisation

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Isheunesu Tirivangani

Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) has patterned with villagers in the small and medium enterprises from Mateta 2, and Nyamunga in Gokwe, Sengwa constituency with the intention of reviving sustainable agriculture livelihoods from the local level thereby uplifting smallholder farmers to embark on rural industrialization.

This emerged after a poor harvest, which limited seasonal improvements and drove stressed outcomes in most parts of Gokwe. Poverty levels are increasing in these rural areas, especially in marginalised places. With the prices of basic commodities rising each week, it has become unbearable for most villagers. This has prompted ZIMCODD to assist in improving the Sengwa constituency’s living standards.

Olivia Mutambarinwa from Mateta 2, a member of the Buffalo Fortress group said that the intervention of ZIMCODD in facilitating and empowering the small and medium enterprises to harness value addition to villagers’ crops and livestock will go a long way to improve the standards of living.

“We are happy with the donations, training, and support from our friends at ZIMCODD, Dees Chickens Consultancy, and Professor Paul Mavhima our lawmaker for their kind gesture in this darkest time. We will remember this. Our Buffalo Fortress project (BF) that specialized in the rearing of chickens is now promising to grow well and we believe that in the future we will establish a rural industrial hub,” she added.

Bridjetera Chakawa from Nyahuni a member of the Takunda group specialising in keeping goats, and chickens said the poor harvest this season made them embark on livestock farming which is generating income, thereby improving food security.

“We started the project without training, and support even our capital was little and that prevented our growth, however, with the help of our Lawmaker Cde Mavhima in conjunction with ZIMCODD we have seen a green light of our project.

“Nyahuni community is rising from a lower class to an upper-class community with smallholder farmers engaging in small and medium enterprises in the fight to end girl period poverty, hunger, and education poverty. Our project also seeks to provide the girls with an understanding of the menstrual process, and with access to support structures to combat early childhood marriage, gender-based violence, and unwanted pregnancies,” said Chakawa.

Wellington Botoro a ward 5 Nyamunga resident also a member of the Nyamunga FC team applauded ZIMCODD for the training and support. He said that ZIMCODD together with the good friend Dees Chickens Consultancy are equipping them with budgeting, and planning skills to make their cooperative viable.

“As Nyamunga FC, we are now able to travel far places for match games. We are now able to donate school resources such as exercise books and provide for the persons with disabilities in the Nyamunga community. The benefits extended to us will go a long way in empowering women and youths in order to attain a meaningful occupation through rural industrialization,” he added.

Ward 5 Councillor Doubt Imbiyago showed his gratitude towards ZIMCODD, DCC, and cooperatives members for their commitment to turning around, and changing small-scale farming to commercial farming. He said his ward will become an upper-class society if members of the community adopt the strategy.

“As their Councillor, I will try to make a conducive environment for them to bring about some better results in attaining rural industrialization,” he added.

ZIMCODD Project coordinator Tendai Masora said that the mandate of ZIMCODD is to facilitate rural cooperative members to prosper and be empowered to attain an upper-middle-income economy by 2030, through value addition to crops and livestock. She said that rural industrialization is only possible if villagers can work together with aspired cooperative community members from the local level up to the national level.

“We also advocate for the registration of cooperatives to become star cooperatives and sensitize the use of By-laws to foster, and enhance a sense of belonging and ownership as well as to enjoy the benefits of claiming loans and selling agricultural products on government premises. We are also grateful to our friends patterned with us, and our Lawmaker for this constituency for always being available whenever we need him,” she added.

Mateta 2, and Nyamunga communities look to become Gokwe’s rural industrial communities in the near future through harnessing ZIMCODD’s principles, and strategies with initiatives that will assist rural communities in the fight against poverty, in order to improve nutrition and food security.

 


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