Chemahororo river, which flows through three wards in Gokwe has become a uniting point for villagers in Chemagari.

Its perennial flow has ensured the villagers get a constant supply of water, leading them to set up horticultural projects.

Most people in Gokwe struggle to carry out serious farming due to poor sandy soils and scarce water sources but for villagers in Chemagari, it is a different story.

The signs of life are there for all to see in the community thanks to the Chemahororo river that meanders through three wards providing perennial supply of water.

The community has since abandoned subsistence farming and have embraced horticulture farming activities that have provided self sustaining income and food.

One of the farmers in Muchengi, Aleck Mudha who has ventured into horticulture, said the river has been their source of livelihood for many years even in times of drought.

Besides it having transformed the livelihoods of those in the area and its refreshing cold water, the river has also been maintained a spectacle by the villagers.

The villagers have barricaded it with wooden poles to deter livestock or anything from trampling or tempering with the source of life.

The shift from subsistence to horticulture farming business has been life-changing for the community who now supply their produce to Gweru, Kwekwe, Bulawayo and the local market in the Bomba area.

Just like how the ancient Egyptians relied on the River Nile for their livelihood, the Muchengi villagers are also experiencing tangible benefits from living close to Chemahororo river.