African ambassadors accredited to Zimbabwe who visited the Materera chicken project in Chihota communal areas have expressed satisfaction with the community project which they say has improved livelihoods of the local people.

The ambassadors from nine African countries who toured the Materera chicken project with a view to fund an abattoir to boost its productivity said the project has changed lives of the local community.

Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Annie Kumwenda who spoke on behalf of the ambassadors said the project has also helped in creating entrepreneurs among students at Materera Secondary School by equipping them with life skills.

Leader of the project, Ms Josephine Rwambiwa said the project has managed to help in poverty eradication.

World vision country director, Mr Emanuel Ish said they will continue working with communities to change their lives.

The project which was established in 2016 with an initial number of 2250 chickens has so far moved onto subsequent production cycles without donor support as it is now sustaining itself.

They now require an abattoir to slaughter their chickens locally so that they can cut costs and improve on value addition.

The nine ambassadors who toured the project are from Malawi, Nigeria, Angola, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Botswana.