UK provides funds for market gardening

The British embassy has provided $15 000 for a market gardening project to assist 35 families in the Shurugwi South constituency in a bid to alleviate poverty in the area.

STEPHEN CHADENGA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The project consists of a fruit and vegetable garden and bee keeping.

Speaking at the handover of the project last Thursday, British ambassador to Zimbabwe Deborah Bronnert said her government funded the project to improve the livelihoods of women-headed households.

She applauded Zimbabwe’s new Constitution for addressing gender equality adding that her embassy supported the project to help women in business ventures.

“The British embassy through the UK-Zimbabwe Bilateral Fund contributed $15 000 worth of support to Gwemombe Women’s Group with a number of objectives,” Bronnert said.

“The first one being to support women’s income-generating initiatives by educating them on economic and business issues while helping them achieve food security for their families.

She said the women had managed to reclaim degraded wetlands and set up water harvesting infrastructure and fencing.

Bronnert said her country remained committed to supporting the people of Zimbabwe to attain a stable, prosperous and more democratic State.

Project implementers, Shurugwi Partners, facilitated a market for produce from the garden by linking up with surrounding mines such as Unki Mine and two local boarding schools.

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