Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects

by Tekeshe Foundation
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Help Rural Women Start Income Generating Projects
Women receiving energy efficient stoves
Women receiving energy efficient stoves

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your continued support of this project. Together we are transforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women. We coudnt have done it without your help!

Women are the lynchpins of their communities and yet the vast majority of rural women are disadvantaged educationally and economically. Through our Homestead Project we are committed to lifting disadvantaged rural women out of poverty by providing them the opportunity to build lives of self-reliance and dignity. Our goal for this project is to address the basic human needs such as, food, water and shelter while helping poor women start income generating projects. This holistic approach ensures that disadvantaged rural women and their families have proper shelter and enough food to eat and they dont have to rely on outside help in perpetuity. According to studies done on sustainable development, women invest 90% of their income back into their families, compared to the 35% invested by men. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to improving the socio-economic status of women:

  • Food security
  • Families can afford to send their children to school
  • Family health improves
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • Economically stronger and more stable communties

In keeping with the focus of this project we have goat, pig and chicken rearing projects currently underway. As you can see from these pictures the projects are a success. We donated $150.00 to the goat project. Nine women participate in this project. With this money they were able to purchase 10 more goats @ $15 a goat. The women work collectively to take care of the goats. Last year, they built a pen for the goats. We also donated $150.00 to the pig project. The women bought 8 additional pigs and the rest of the funds were used to buy materials required to construct a pig sty.

In Her Own Words By Miss Chitumba
"Thank you so much for supporting our pig project. We now have 11 pigs and 6 piglets. We are really excited about this project as we will be able to sell the pigs ans use the money to buy food for our children."

Another major challenge that women living in the rural areas are faced with is the scarcity of firewood. In these rural areas firewood is the main source of energy for cooking and for providing warmth during the winter season. We have partnered with a local organization called Kuhlubuka that manufactures environmentally friendly stoves. Through the Homestead Project we  distributed 5 environmentally friendly stoves @ $50 each to five women. You can see in the attached pictures the women receiving the stoves. Our caregivers also distributed 50 plastic wash basins, rice, beans and soap to women in Rimbi village.

Thanks again for the major role you are playing in lifting disadvantaged rural women out of poverty.

Best wishes,
Thelma

Goat project
Goat project
Pig Project
Pig Project
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
Caregivers Distributing Basins, Rice and Soap
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Tendai Standing Infront Of Her Hut
Tendai Standing Infront Of Her Hut

Thank you so much for all your support. Improving the socio-economic status of rural women is at the heart of our organization. Women in the rural areas of Zimbabwe bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family yet they are disadvantaged economically and educationally and they lack the resources and information they need to fulfill this responsibility.

The Homestead Project is committed to lifting disadvantaged rural women out of poverty by providing them the opportunity to build lives of self-reliance and dignity. It aims to address the basic human needs such as, food, water and shelter while helping poor women start income generating projects. The whole idea behind this project is that a homestead should have decent shelter, clean water, sanitation facilities, a vegetable garden, some chickens and some goats. A homestead should supply enough vegetables, meat, milk and eggs to take care of the basic food needs of a family while the rest is sold in order to generate income for the family. This holistic approach ensures that disadvantaged rural women have enough food to eat and they dont have to rely on outside help in perpetuity. This approach also looks out for the long term economic prospects of the family.

In addition, through the Homestead Project we will work in colaboration with Jekesa Pfungwa (http://jpv-zw.org) to teach women how to make mud stoves. The women will use their acquired skills to earn an income building mud stoves. The Jekesa Pfungwa organization has been in operation in Zimbabwe since 1947. It focuses on the socio-economic empowerment of rural women and girls. Through this partnership women from Jekesa Pfungwa will go to Rimbi village to teach women how to build mud stoves. In the attached pictures you can see women from a Jekesa Pfungwa Homestead demoing a mud stove they built. One advantage of using these stoves is that they dont require much firewood and they are eco-friendly.

We are pleased to announce that we formally launched the Homestead Project in March 2018. To date we have built two mud huts for two needy women and their families. We selected two households headed by disadvantaged women. Both of these women and their faimilies were living in deplorable conditions and were in dire need of a decent place to live. The huts were so run down that the thatched roofs were leaking. Here is what the women had to say about their new huts:


In her Own Words By Tendai
"I cant find the words to adequately express my heartfelt gratitude to you for proving me a decent place to live. I live with
three grandchildren. Our mud hut was leaking and I didnt have the money to fix the roof. When I woke up one morning, I was surprised to see two men unloading bricks and cement next to my hut. I was overjoyed when they told me that they were going to build me a new hut. I never thought I would live to see the day when my grandchildren and I would have a nice hut. I feel like now we are human beings; my grandchildren will grow up in a nice place. We really like the hut; it is spacious! I am very grateful for what you have done for me and my grandchildren. May God show you the same kindness."

In her Own Words By Gutseni
"I live with my elderly mother and my daughter who is blind. I was pleasantly surprised one moring when I saw two men unloading bricks and cement next to my hut. I asked them what was going on and and they told me that they were going to build me a new hut. I couldnt believe my ears! Thank you very much for what you have done for me and my family. We dont have to worry anymore about the roof leaking. We really like the hut. May God bless you."

Thanks again for the difference you are making in the lives of disadvantaged women.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Tendai And Her GrandChildren In Front Of Their Hut
Tendai And Her GrandChildren In Front Of Their Hut
Tendai And Her Grandchildren In Front Of New Hut
Tendai And Her Grandchildren In Front Of New Hut
Gutseni And Her Family In Front Of Their New Hut
Gutseni And Her Family In Front Of Their New Hut
Women From Jekesa Pfungwa Demoing The Mud Stove
Women From Jekesa Pfungwa Demoing The Mud Stove
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Women Who Participate In The Goat Project
Women Who Participate In The Goat Project

Thank you so much for all your support. This project is at the heart of our organization and is our strategy for
restoring dignity and hope to disadvantaged rural women and to empower them to live up to their full potential. Empowering women strengthens the entire community. According to studies done on sustainable development, women invest 90% of their income back into their families, compared to the 35% invested by men. In addition, women tend to prioritize issues like health care, food and education. Studies have also proved that increasing the incomes of poor women results in an almost immediate improvement in their children’s diet, and an increased likelihood that they will send their children to school. An educated child  has better opportunities to rise out of poverty.

The focus of this project is to empower women to start income generating projects that will help them earn money and enable them to take care of their families. We are pleased to announce that we have launched two more income generating projects, a goat rearing project and a pig rearing project.These projects are managed by the nurse in charge at Rimbi clinic and the Tekeshe Foundation caregivers.

Goat Rearing Project Update

We donated $250.00 to the project. Nine women participate in this project. With this money they were able to purchase 16 goats @ $15 a goat. The women work collectively to take care of the goats. They have already built a pen for the goats.

In Her Own Words By One Of The Beneficiaries
"Thank you very much for the money you gave us. We decided to start a goat rearing project. We are excited about this project. We believe that with God's help and hard work the project will be successful . Thanks again for helpng us!"

Pig Rearing Project update

We also donated $250.00 to this project. Eight women in Manzvire village participate in this project. To start with we gave them $125. They used the money to purchase 6 pigs @ $20 a pig. The women are very organized. They built a small pig pen to keep the pigs. They take turns taking care of the pigs. The plan is to build a bigger pen as the project grows. The women will use the rest of the money to purchase more pigs. In these pictures you can see the women overcome with joy performing an African dance as they find out that they were receiving more money towards the project. It was a pleasant surprise!

In their Own Words By One Of The Beneficiaries
"Thank you very much for helping us. We are excited about the project! We prpmise to work hard so that the project is successful. We will not disappoint you."


Sewing Project Update
The project is a big success. The women who participate in the project are very busy. They were given a contract to supply uniforms for a company from Tanganda and they also make school uniforms for Matezwa Primary school. In addition they  receive orders to make clothes for people from the village.

Thanks again for your support. You are playing a major role transforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Women Who Participate In The Goat Project
Women Who Participate In The Goat Project
Women Who Participate In The Pig Project
Women Who Participate In The Pig Project
Women Who Participate In The Pig Project
Women Who Participate In The Pig Project
Women Dance  After Receiving Money For Project
Women Dance After Receiving Money For Project
Sewing Project
Sewing Project
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Women Showing The Uniforms They Made
Women Showing The Uniforms They Made

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project.It is at the heart of our organization and it is our strategy for improving the socio-economic status of disadvantaged rural women. Women's economic empowerment plays a crucial role in development and in eradicating poverty. According to research women reinvest 90% of their income into their families as compared to men who only invest between 30% - 40%. Empowering women not only pushes them to live up to their full potential but it also strengthens the entire community. The following are some of the positive outcomes that are linked to the economic empowerment of women:

  • Improvement in Food security
  • Improvement in family health
  • Families can afford to send their children to school
  • Reduction in the spread of HIV/AIDS 
  • Economically stronger and more stable communties

The area where we operate is located along the Sabi valley which is characterized by recurrent droughts. This poses a problem since the majority of the women in these rural areas rely solely on small scale farming as their source of income.This project aims to improve the socio-economic status of rural women by providing them the funds to start income generating projects. In keeping with the goal of this project we launched several income generating projects in Rimbi and Manzvire villages. In addition, we have formed a partnership with a local organization in Zimbabwe that has a track record in the area of economic empowerment for women.

Here is an update on some of our projects:

Sewing Project in Manzvire Village
Last year we launched a sewing project in Manzvire village. The sewing project is in full swing. Six women from Manzvire village are participating in the project. To date we donated three sewing machines, sewing materials and $100.00 to the project. The project is a big success. So far the women have made school uniforms and scout uniforms and sold the uniforms for a profit of $700.00. The women are very grateful to you for all the support you have given them. You can see the women in these pictures holding school uniforms they made in December.

Gardening Project in Rimbi Village
We are also assisting women in Rimbi village who are participating in a Community Gardening Project. According to research, the following are some of the benefits of community gardening projects:

  • Increased food security
  • Better nutrition as gardens provide fresh vegetables
  • Improved physical fitness since the process of gardening involves physical exercise
  • Stronger family and social relationships as the community gardening project also serves as a support group

To date the Tekeshe Foundation has donated $300.00 to the project. The money was used to buy fertlizer, seeds and much needed gardening equipement. Some of the money was used to build a stone wall to protect the borehole utilized for watering the garden. Here is what the project leader had to say:

In Her Own Words By The Project Leader

"I would like to thank the donors for supporting our project. Your help came just in time as we were about to abandon the project because of lack of funds. We were overjoyed when the Tekeshe Foundation offered to help us. This garden means a lot to us as we are able to feed our children from the vegetables we get from this garden. As you can see from the pictures the project is doing well. Your support really encouraged us. As I promised you, we will not disappoint you. We will work hard to make sure that the project continues to be successful. People in the surrounding villlages have heard about the success of our project as a result they are coming to see what we are doing. Thank you for helping us."

Homestead Project
We are pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Jekesa Pfungwa (http://jpv-zw.org). The Jekesa Pfungwa organization has been in operation in Zimbabwe since 1947. It focuses on the socio-economic empowerment of rural women and girls. One of the projects they offer that is of great interest to our organization is the Homestead Project. Through this partnership women from Jekesa Pfungwa will go to Rimbi village to teach women how to build mud stoves. In the pictures you can see women from Jekesa Pfungwa showing us one of the mud stoves they built. These women earn an income from building mud stoves. One advantage of using these stoves is that they dont require much firewood and they are eco-friendly. We are planning to launch the project in Rimbi village in mid March. I will give you the details about this project in my next project report.

As you can see from the attached pictures you are playing a major role in tranforming the lives of disadvantaged rural women.

Thank you so much for all your support!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Gardening Project
Gardening Project
Gardening Project - The Borehole
Gardening Project - The Borehole
Gardening Project Leader
Gardening Project Leader
Women Showing Us The Mud Stove
Women Showing Us The Mud Stove
Women Showing Us The Mud Stove
Women Showing Us The Mud Stove
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Women Showing The Scout Uniforms They Made
Women Showing The Scout Uniforms They Made

Thank you so much for the life-changing impact we are making together for disadvantaged rural women in Chipinge. This area where we operate in is located along the Sabi valley which is characterized by recurrent droughts. Sadly after working very hard people usually end up with no crops. It is very common in these rural areas for families to drift into poverty because without any crops they have no other source of income. The goal of this project is to provide an alternate means for the women to earn an income rather than depend solely on subsistence farming. Our approach for accomplishing this goal is to provide the women funds so that they can start income generating projects such as chicken rearing, sewing and gardening. 

In keeping with this goal, we launched a sewing project in Manzvire village at the beginning of 2017. Six women participate in the project. The sewing project is doing very well. Thanks to you for your help! Here are the 2017 year end highlights:

We are pleased to announce that the women who participate in the project made 45 uniforms for our scouts. They earned $450 from the sales of the uniforms. The women are ecstatic to earn an income. Out of this money they earned, they used $200 to buy much needed basic item such as food and soap. They will use the remaining $250 to buy sewing materials to make school uniforms.  Here is what two of the women had to say:

In Her Own Words By Sifelani

“I want to thank you so much for helping us! Because of this project our lives have changed dramatically. With the money we earned we bought sugar, flour, salt, soap, dried fish and baking soda. I can’t find the words to adequately express our gratitude to you. Before participating in this project I was known in the community for borrowing. I used to borrow even salt from my neighbors. I don’t have to borrow anything anymore. Instead my neighbors envy me. My family now has enough food to eat!  One more thing, the Tekeshe foundation team members on the ground here in Zimbabwe are very nice to us. We work very well with them and they are very encouraging. Thank you so much!!!”

In Her Own Words By Anna

I also want to thank you for all the help you have given us. You have lifted us up. Before participating in the project we felt like we were in prison but now you have freed us. People used to look down on us but now we are respected members of the community. What makes me very happy is being able to provide for my kids. My kids used to get kicked out of school because I couldn’t afford to pay the school fees. Now, even if I don’t have the money I ask the headmaster for an extension and he knows I will pay the school fees from the money I earn from the sewing project. Also, my kids never go to school hungry anymore; now they have food to eat during the lunch break. You have really changed our lives. Even our health has improved. Before you started helping us we were scrawny because we didn’t have enough food. But now we are healthy and our faces glow. We look good! If you take a close look at the pictures you can see the difference in how we look! In addition I want to thank Mr Dhliwayo, he is a very good instructor. He has taught us lot. You can see the uniforms we made for the scouts in the pictures. Once again thank you so much for lifting us up!

Taking The Project To The Next Level

Mr Dhliwayo (project leader/instructor) and the six women have scheduled a meeting with the Manzvire Primary school headmaster to discuss the possibility of their group being awarded a contract to be the suppliers of the school uniforms. I will give you an update in the next progress report. 

As you can see from these pictures and from the testimonials, you are playing a major role in restoring dignity and hope to disadvantaged rural women. May your hearts be filled with joy and laughter this holiday season as you reflect on the impact that your generosity is having on women whose future was bleak!

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best wishes,

Thelma

Some Of The Scouts Wearing The Uniforms
Some Of The Scouts Wearing The Uniforms
Women Ecstatic To Receive $400
Women Ecstatic To Receive $400
Women Showing The Food They Bought
Women Showing The Food They Bought
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Thelma Sithole
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