Five years after AFSC began working with partner organizations to provide emergency shelter to displaced people in Zimbabwe, we take a look back at how the program has evolved to the point where participants have been able to build permanent residential shelters, pay school fees, and purchase food for their families.
On Hopley Farm, a settlement for displaced people outside of Harare, Zimbabwe, a group of new leatherworkers are celebrating their first business milestone: After just a three-week training course, they sold $64 dollars’ worth of sandals, school shoes, and satchels that they had made by hand.
“Satchels were most on demand than other products,” says group member Hosea Nyamadzawo.
In Zimbabwe, AFSC works to enhance the livelihoods of those living precariously in displaced communities. We work with the most vulnerable—women, people with disabilities, adults with HIV/AIDS, and those caring for orphan children—to offer training and start-up funds to gain economic self-sufficiency.
Once Farai Gonzo and Jennifer Kazingo, participants of AFSC’s livelihoods project, learned how to construct bed and door frames from steel, the two women realized there was “no time to sit back”—their new skills could help them rebuild their lives and the lives of their neighbors.
In partnership with Silveira House, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, Hlekweni Friends Rural Development Service, and the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and Co-operatives Development, AFSC has been working in Hatcliffe Extension for nearly four years, including the initial 18 months of providing emergency shelter in partnership with the Dominican Missionary Sisters and Silveira House (SH).
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