The Foundation’s Community Empowerment Projects stem from expertise within the community, and are nurtured and developed locally. Communities are encouraged to train and support each other through capacity building – eliminating the need for highly paid specialists or staff. This in turn allows for communities to have sole ownership of projects, making them self-sustaining and independent, whilst also promoting community spirit.
The projects are based on a micro-finance model, where the initial investment is paid back as part of the business plan and then used to either expand the current project or alternatively pass the capital onto another group or community to start a new project, on a revolving funding basis.
The Foundation also uses the programmes as a platform to provide education to members of the community about how to run a successful business and how to use environmentally sustainable practices.
Video: A brief look at some of our Community Empowerment projects
Thandanani Sewing Project
The Thandanani Sewing Project is a group of ten women that came together in 2009 to form a new business venture with just three sewing machines owned between them… learn more.
The Vukani Group is a group of 16 people who started an Income-Generation Project in 2010, including an organic vegetable garden and a beading and jewelry-making project… learn more.
Vuche Vuche Craft Project
The aim of this project is to create employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis, but who had financial obligations to their families.learn more.
Kavimba Hardware Shop
The shop will aid in reducing the strain of procuring and transporting from Kasane to all the five villages. More important, it is envisaged that the new hardware shop will create at least 15 full time positions of employment and about 12 part-time… learn more.
Kachikau Sewing Project
The main objective of this development is to assist the local community take an initiative to development their own income levels using their locally available resources… learn more.
Hwange Main Camp Tuck Shop
With assistance from the Foundation, the Hwange Main Camp Tuck Shop was successfully launched in 2012. Profits benefit the local Primary School… learn more.
Mambanje School Tuck Shop
In partnership with parents from the school, the Foundation assisted with the launch of the Mambanje tuck shop in 2012, bringing a much needed convenience to the rural community with profits benefiting the Primary School… learn more.