Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...

by Talia Women's Network
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Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
Empower 100 SHEpreneurs in Rural Zimbabwe...
SHEpreneurs graduation ceremony
SHEpreneurs graduation ceremony

The 29th of June 2022 is a day that will forever be remembered by 55 SHEpreneurs from Chiwaridzo Village in Glendale, Zimbabwe. Having gone through the 6-month Street Business School training - the SHEpreneurs covered modules that included Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone, Money Management, Growing Your Customer Base, Record Keeping and Market Research. The SHEpreneurs also received one-on-one coaching in the course of the program where the coaches assisted them as they set their business goals and kept them accountable to ensure they were achieved.

One remarkable thing from these SHEpreneurs, is they did not wait for the completion of their studies before setting up their income generating ventures. In the second month, they already embraced the entrepreneurial mindset and established businesses which included peanut butter making, poultry, horticulture, dressmaking and crafts. 

The graduation ceremony received attention in the province and was supported by other stakeholders from private sector, government and other non governmental organisations. The testimonies that were shared were evidence of the impact of the project on the lives of the women and their families. Some husbands testified that they now had peace in the homes and the wives were now better at managing the household finances.

At the time of the graduation, 95% of the women had at least one income generating project and the group saw a 33% increase in income earned.

SHEpreneurs celebrating their graduation
SHEpreneurs celebrating their graduation
It's a graduation...
It's a graduation...
Poultry production...
Poultry production...
Crafts - bag making...
Crafts - bag making...
Peanut butter making...
Peanut butter making...

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SHEpreneurs making handbags for external markets..
SHEpreneurs making handbags for external markets..

The SHEpreneurs are taking the necessary steps towards transformation and economic independence. Having gone through the first phase of their Street Business School journey, the SHEpreneurs have received training on modules which include Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone, Business Opportunity Identification, Market Research, Finding Capital and Starting Small and Business Planning. The SHEpreneurs have also individually received two coaching visits where they received one-on-one business coaching - setting business goals for themselves as well as guidance on how to achieve them.

 

The transformation has been evident with a significant number of the SHEpreneurs having already ventured on income generating projects that are out of their comfort zones. One such inspirational story is Memory and her three friends, after being motivated by the module on Finding Capital and Starting Small, they approached their local savings group and tooka loan to purchase day old chicks. They purchased 125 chicks in two batches and are already looking for possible markets for their chickens which are going to be ready in a few weeks. Memory and her friends do not want to end there, they are planning on repaying the loan and getting more capital to expand their chicken business. The women dared to try something new and something different after going through the life changing business management training.

 

Memory's story is not unique to her alone. Many more women from this group of SHEpreneurs are venturing into peanut butter processing, grocery retailing, handbag production and many other enterprises, relying on skills they already had as well as the business management training from Talia Women's Network. Indeed they are taking steps towards transformation and financial stability.

Contributing to household nutrition...
Contributing to household nutrition...
Memory and her poultry business...
Memory and her poultry business...
Talia staff on coaching visits...
Talia staff on coaching visits...
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Coach Tsitsi in class...
Coach Tsitsi in class...

Street Business School (SBS) is a leader in global training. Their mission is to end extreme poverty by empowering women and entrepreneurs, and they empower grass-root organisations to implement their proven and effective business training. Talia Women's Network was granted a unique opportunity to use the Street Business School (SBS) curriculum to complement our entrepreneurship and financial literacy training. 

The training curriculum focuses on ending the cycle of poverty and is not about giving hand-outs to communities. It uses proven methods to give the participants the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. In only six months, they take the knowledge and tools to create businesses of their own. As fearless businesswomen, they build their enterprises, meet their daily needs, and raise capable and confident children who will break the cycle of generational poverty.

With the funds raised from the project to date, a cohort of 35 women was recruited in the rural community of Mashambanhaka in Mashonaland Central Province in Zimbabwe. Following the orientation to the program, the women were trained using the first two modules of the SBS curriculum i.e. 'Getting out of your Comfort Zone' and 'Business Opportunity Identification'. As we go through the training, we refer to the women as 'coaches' because we strongly believe that as much as we are there to provide the business management skills, we can also learn so much from the women's experiences. So we refer to each other as coaches because we all learn from each other.

Meet Coach Tsitsi, one of the women in the current cohort of SHEpreneurs. She also happens to be the eldest in the class. Coach Tsitsi is a grandmother, who has the responsibility of looking after seven grandchildren and was struggling to make ends meet given the economic hardships the country is facing. When she heard the call for participants to the program, Coach Tsitsi immediately identified herself as a SHEpreneur and registered. She did not let her age or limited educational background discourage her from participating. Through the 'Getting out of your Comfort Zone' module, Coach Tsitsi realised that she was operating in a zone which was not even comfortable and that she can do so much more to break the cycle of poverty for herself and her grandchildren. In the second module, she received the necessary tools and skills to identify business opportunities around her. Coach Tsitsi took her little savings to establish a poultry project and she is happy to see the progress this is making. She has already started identifying potential markets for when the chickens will be ready for the market. Coach Tsitsi is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the program. She has gone through a mindset shift and now sees herself as a SHEpreneur and is anticipating comfortable profit margins from her poultry business. Coach Tsitsi is an eager learner and is looking forward to the next three months of learning and the transformation this will bring to her life.

Helping the women cope with the pandemic...
Helping the women cope with the pandemic...
Part of the cohort of 35 women...
Part of the cohort of 35 women...
Some of the participants...
Some of the participants...
Some of the SHEpreneurs...
Some of the SHEpreneurs...
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Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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Saliwe Mutetwa-Zakariya
Harare, Zimbabwe
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