The World Vision has trained a group of eight women in Kariba, Zimbabwe, in skills to make detergents for income generation.
The training, which was carried out under the Urban Resilience project, was facilitated by World Vision in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Women Affairs.
The project, it is understood, supports urban communities with entrepreneurship skills to shore up their resilience to face shocks such as the Covid-19.
‘A group of eight women in Kariba received training on how to make detergents facilitated by [World Vision Zimbabwe] in partnership with [WFP Zimbabwe] [and] [Ministry of Women Affairs] under the [Urban Resilience] where we support urban communities, helping them face shocks such as [Covid-19]’, World Vision said in a tweet.
Data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that women and youths are often those who find it hardest to find formal employment and provide a disproportionate share of workers in Zimbabwe.
The Wageindicator Foundation, in this report, noted that about 60 percent of Zimbabwean women may be called unskilled.
‘Making and selling detergents has really helped cater for our household needs whilst reducing cases of domestic violence that is usually caused by lack of adequate financial income’, one of the beneficiaries, Shylet Mazerenganwa, said.
Data from the Alliance For Financial Inclusion (AFI) indicates that Zimbabwean women suffer significant unemployment, loss of incomes and reduced means of livelihoods due to the pandemic, with a 19.4 percent gender wage gap tilted to their disadvantage.
Development Diaries understands that the government of Zimbabwe received a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF) to finance the Sustainable Enterprise Development for Women and Youth (SEDWY).
Photo source: World Vision Zimbabwe