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Donations can be made in US-Dollars via international bank transfer to:

  • Account Number: 33-115903
  • Account Name: Uthando Africa
  • Swift Code: KFISZWHA
  • Branch Code: 12324 (Bulawayo)
  • Bank:Kingdom Bank, 53 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010-3603 USA
  • Intermediary Swift Code: SCBLUS33

Kavimba Community Partnership to Improve the Livelihood of Members of the Community

 

THE CHALLENGE –

Although Botswana ranks amongst the countries with a high GDP is Southern Africa, the levels of poverty and unemployment is very high amongst the rural areas and this usually has a high impact amongst the elderly (non-productive) age groups, women and widows as well as the young vulnerable children. Kavimba village has not been spared from this situation hence they have approached the ABCF with a proposal to create employment opportunities for vulnerable members of the community.

 

THE INITIATIVE/INTERVENTION

In the past 2 years, the ABCF has been partnering the Kavimba Development committee in an effort to empower and equip the vulnerable members of the community livelihoods options. Support has been given to a number of individuals in the community with various challenges ranging from food availability to clothing. However, the committee has now come up with a solid proposal to open a Hardware shop for use by the local villagers. The new hardware shop, the only one within a 100km radius 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. Of major interest is the fact that the vulnerable members of the community have been identified an as the potential employees and will be supervised by a committee of various stakeholders who will act as the Board of Trustees. If executed to perfection, this project has the potential of catering for a number of elderly people who have already been identified through the local social welfare office.

 

THE RESULTS

Working with their ABCF will support the initial capital injection for the purchase of stock for the shop. This will be a revolving fund at zero interest so that the communities can start a livelihood project. The committee as already been trained and through their own initiative have managed to secure a council structure for free which will be used as the hard-ware shop. In addition, plans are underway to apply for their won stand to develop into a hardware and factory share space for use in training young people in different trades. The committee has also made an undertaking to use part of their proceeds to address the community challenge of equipping a playground for the children and young people of the village. The result of this initiative will see ABCF continually supporting the group to make their business more viable. Running the project will instil a sense of joy and achievement in the adults and responsibility in young people as the project will broaden their scope of thinking as well as business management skills. The dream of the group is to expand the project and open new branches in the rest of the Chobe District.