Women’s Economic Empowerment
Livelihoods & Employment
Angel of Hope Foundation is providing economic strengthening interventions to vulnerable women thereby improving the economic stability of target households in both rural and urban communities in Zimbabwe. Working through the Traditional Leadership structures under the Ministry of Local Government, Chiefs’ wives have been targeted by the Foundation as icons for impacting positive changes, adaption, uptake and participation in income generating projects (IGPs) which include small livestock production, nutrition gardening, caster bean production and small grain farming. Angel of Hope creates and facilitates linkages for the target groups to access affordable loans. Elsewhere outside of the Traditional Leadership structures, existing and new groups of women have been supported in various economic empowerment projects in such as production of detergents, bakery and confectionary, nutrition gardens, arts and crafts.
- Tourism Mentorship Programme
The Foundation has embarked on a mentorship programme for girls and young women in various industries. This initiative is in line with our objective to empower girls and women from marginalized communities. A pilot project commenced April 2019 in Harare and Bulawayo and will be rolled out to other cities in the country. The mentorship programme was for Young Women in Tourism. The pilot project has seen a group of 50 Young Women in Tourism with disadvantaged backgrounds getting exposure to the tourism industry in support of their career interests, an opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t be privy to. The mentorship and training phase seek to impart the soft skills to improve and employability and entrepreneurship status of the young women.
- Young Women In Male Dominated Trades
A version of the same intervention is also being implemented in Chitungwiza, under the Young Africa Vocational Training Centre. This project has seen 46 young women undergo training in the male dominated fields of Plumbing, Motor Mechanics, ICT etc. The signs of high impact and success have already influenced the Foundation to develop an expansion project which started in August 2019.
- Tertiary Girls On The Go
The main objective of this event is to help student girls to be innovative, skilled ,use their hands and not to indulge in illicit deals and rely on ‘blessers’.To contribute to the economy through working and standing up for themselves. Motivational speakers educates them on different projects and skills they can undertake to eradicate poverty, and also urges them to be self-reliant by mastering skills which enable them to adapt to prevailing economic challenges.
- National Girls Camp
The First Lady of Zimbabwe, , initiated a programme that provides adolescent girls and young women with safe spaces for knowledge sharing, generating a sense of belonging, increasing individual self-esteem, build social skills and break barriers to service and institutional access. Life-changing sessions in various life skills topics are delivered including sessions where the participants have direct interaction with the Foundation’s Patron, Her Excellency The First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa.