Mtoko villagers have been urged to embrace government’s Zimbabwe is open for business concept at household level to improve their lives.

With Mtoko district known for its thriving horticulture farming and massive mango plantations which have supported the livelihoods of many generations, Mtoko South legislator Cde Marble Chinomona said the district is open for business with other districts so that it benefits from its rich resources.

Cde Chinomona made her remarks during a handover of 10 000 chickens to more than 1 000 villagers from her constituency as part of promoting empowerment of communities through self help projects.

“Our President has been going around saying ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’, that should not be for foreign businesses only, let’s open our district and do business with other districts to improve our lives,” she said.

The beneficiaries welcomed the initiative which they said will improve their lives and become self reliant.

“I would like to thank Cde Chinomona for this initiative which will empower us as women. I feel honoured to be part of the beneficiaries i am ready to do business with people from other areas to improve our lives. This programme shows that there is every reason to celebrate our independence because before independence women never got the chance to be empowered economically,” said some of the villagers. 

The beneficiaries first went through a training programme in free range poultry farming and received certificates.

The beneficiaries were drawn from 11 wards from Mtoko South.