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SHDF transforms lives in Buhera Central

Some of the women who attended the SHD’s review and planning meeting at Maneta Primary School

Brighton
Munyikwa

BUHERA

The Self-Help Development Foundation (SHDF) is transforming the lives of local
people through its various activities that are mainly targeted at youths and
women.
The community-based
organization (CBO) mobilizes community members for such activities as savings
clubs, capacity-building in business and enterprise development.
SHDF also campaigns for
financial, digital and constitutional literacy and initiates the establishment
of commodity groups/associations and SACCOs.
The CBO helps ordinary
community members to establish financial linkages, and it also promotes
community and stakeholder engagement, environmental management and resilience especially
among young people.
The organization, which
works in wards 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 32, had its review and planning meeting
at Maneta Primary School in Ward 32 on September 27. Respectable people who
participated included representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs,
Environmental Management Agency (Ema), Chief Nyashanu’s council, District
Development Coordinator (DDC)’s office, Buhera RDC as well as Behera Central
Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Matthew Nyashanu.
One female participant
who does baking in Ward 32 said her group had managed to buy a stand from
Buhera RDC and had expanded to Chimbudzi business centre where they were now constructing
their own structures.
A participant from Ward
21 who is into arts and crafts like baskets and bowls said before meeting SDHF,
her group faced challenges in securing reliable markets for their finished
products.
She thanked the
organisation for linking them to members of the Makonde Arts and Crafts and National
Handcraft Center in July this year.
A participant from Ward
19 said the training he received from SHDF on beehive-making and bee-keeping had
given him a livelihood.
Some cattle ranchers
said they were grateful for being linked to Montana Carswell Meats, a company with
which they have now entered into contract farming.
“Montana Carswell Meats
buys our cattle at reasonable prices and about two weeks ago, they provided us
with stock feeds and vaccines,” said one beef farmer.

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