By Brighton Munyikwa
BUHERA – The Self-Help Development Foundation (SHDF) is transforming the lives of local people through its various activities that are mainly targeted at youths and women.
The community-based organization (CBO) mobilizes community members for such activities as savings clubs, capacity-building in business and enterprise development.
SHDF also campaigns for financial, digital and constitutional literacy and initiates the establishment of commodity groups/associations and SACCOs.
The CBO helps ordinary community members to establish financial linkages, and it also promotes community and stakeholder engagement, environmental management and resilience especially among young people.
The organization, which works in wards 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 32, had its review and planning meeting at Maneta Primary School in Ward 32 on September 27. Key officials who participated included representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs, Environmental Management Agency (Ema), Chief Nyashanu’s council, District Development Coordinator (DDC)’s office, Buhera RDC as well as Behera Central Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Matthew Nyashanu.
One female participant who does baking in Ward 32 said her group had managed to buy a stand from Buhera RDC and had expanded to Chimbudzi business centre where they were now constructing their own structures.
A participant from Ward 21 who is into arts and crafts like baskets and bowls said before meeting SDHF, her group faced challenges in securing reliable markets for their finished products.
She thanked the organisation for linking them to members of the Makonde Arts and Crafts and National Handcraft Center in July this year.
A participant from Ward 19 said the training he received from SHDF on beehive-making and bee-keeping had given him a livelihood.
Some cattle ranchers said they were grateful for being linked to Montana Carswell Meats, a company with which they have now entered into contract farming.
“Montana Carswell Meats buys our cattle at reasonable prices and about two weeks ago, they provided us with stock feeds and vaccines,” said one beef farmer.