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Harare’s poor benefit from projects

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Marginalised women from Harare’s high density suburbs are set to benefit from self-help projects initiated by the Rotary International to help in development of communities.

The self-help projects follow a grant by Rotary International to help improve the quality of marginalised persons’ livelihoods.

The grant, called “3H Grant” focuses on addressing health, hunger and humanitarian issues and is being administred by the Rotary Club of Highlands in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Colorado (USA).

Following the initiation of the grant, a Rotary Community Corps, comprising 14 self-help groups by women, was formed in Mufakose, Budiriro, Glen View and Kuwadzana.

Some of the projects include the selling of household goods, poultry as well as cross-border trading.

Rotary Club of Highlands public relations officer, Rufaro Murape, speaking at a meeting held in Mufakose with beneficiaries of the project and a representative from the Rotary Club of Colorado, Caroline Schrader, said the idea behind the project was to empower less priviledged women through self-help projects.

“We had to select mostly disadvantaged women in the community and we expect that the self-help projects will benefit the community as well,” Murape said.

“Before, these women were working on their own in their self-help groups but now they have become organisers of ther own projects.”

He said they were working on modalities to include the suburbs of Rugare and Kuwadzana in the project after which they would continue to spread their wings.

Rotary Community Corps chairperson Memory Maurisiyo commended the project saying it had brought positive change among disadvantaged women.

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