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

Project Report | Dec 3, 2018
The Homestead Project Update

By Thelma SITHOLE | Project Leader

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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Tekeshe Foundation

Location: North Chelmsford, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Thelma Sithole
North Chelmsford , MA United States

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