The First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa is determined to ensure that no one is left behind as she continues to work with vulnerable communities, the latest being young women in the mining town of Glendale where she has introduced a horticulture project.
Using the old adage of teaching men how to fish instead of giving them fish, Amai Mnangagwa has taken her women empowerment programme to the mining town of Glendale especially the disadvantaged young school dropouts.
The First Lady through her Angel of Hope Foundation has started a farming project on the recently acquired 200-hectare farm which is meant to provide jobs to vulnerable members of society.
A total of 17 girls from have been employed at the farm where they are also being introduced to the horticultural business, giving them a second chance to change their lives for the better.
“Most of these girls are school dropouts so with these farming projects they are getting an income, at the same time going for night school to continue with their studies,” said Amai Mnangagwa.
One beneficiary from the first lady’s initiative commended the job being done.
“I am really grateful for having lived in the time of Amai Mnangagwa, when I thought I had seen it all and that my life was over and my destiny had been set, she came to give me and other girls a chance to dream again, to dream different and dream big, now we have a future to look forward to and i am excited,” one of the beneficiaries said.
Crops such as maize, cabbages, butternuts, carrots and tomatoes will be grown at the farm with the First Lady also venturing into vegetable drying and poultry production to assist and augment the work of the organisation.
Amai Mnangagwa has also identified women who are into vegetable farming at Noharm Farm, in Seke district and is assisting them in sourcing markets for their produce a move which has been welcomed by the farmers.
“We are grateful to the First Lady for helping us find markets for our vegetables it was a mammoth task to go and sell our produce in Harare,” said one of the woman who has benefited from this initiative.
More than 23 families are growing vegetables on individual plots along Marirangwe river a project that is expected to uplift their livelihoods.
The families have also been given 10 kilograms each of small grain seed.