Women in Matabeleland provinces, with the support of the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, have embarked on a multimillion dollar chicken project set to benefit women and marginalised communities.

Representatives of the women today met with the First Lady and the Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, Cde Sithembiso Nyoni to ensure that the project kicks off next month.

The project has the capacity to produce more than 45 000 chickens in six weeks, with Cde Mnangagwa undertaking to support the project to ensure women are financially independent.

“Women and other vulnerable groups must be involved in the entire value chain and ensure there is value addition,” she said.

The women are targeting the export market in a development that is expected to increase inflows of the much needed foreign currency.

Minister Nyoni said her ministry will continue to support the initiation by the First Lady and cascade it to other provinces.

Some of the representatives of the women say they are committed to the success of the project.

The Marula chicken project which is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe  is located about 68 kilometers from Bulawayo and is expected to be run by women from Matabeleland South, North and Bulawayo provinces.

The project will see the training of women in the poultry industry and above all, it is aimed at poverty reduction and economic empowerment.