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Five years in Hatcliffe Extension

Five years after AFSC began working with partner organizations to provide emergency shelter to displaced people in Zimbabwe, we take a look back at how the program has evolved to the point where participants have been able to build permanent residential shelters, pay school fees, and purchase food for their families. 

Zimbabwe partner divulges well-tested lasagna recipe

Grace

Grace

Grace works for one of AFSC's partners in Zimbabwe.

"How my life changed in five days"

At 54, Joseph Ndava didn't think he had much more to learn. A five-day workshop changed his mind.

Joseph currently lives in Hopley Farm, a settlement in Zimbabwe home to displaced people of many different political and social backgrounds, including survivors and perpetrators of violent conflict and people living with AIDS.

Leatherworkers and hairstylists open for business in Zimbabwe’s Hopley Farm

hopley farm leatherworkers

Hopley Leatherworks group displaying products they made during training. Proceeds from sale of products in markets will be used to buy more materials.

On Hopley Farm, a settlement for displaced people outside of Harare, Zimbabwe, a group of new leatherworkers celebrate theirn new business.

Working with the displaced in Zimbabwe to build homes and skills

In Zimbabwe, AFSC works to enhance the livelihoods of those living precariously in displaced communities. We work with the most vulnerable—women, people with disabilities, adults with HIV/AIDS, and those caring for orphan children—to offer training and start-up funds to gain economic self-sufficiency.

Learn more about AFSC's work in Zimbabwe.

Hungry for success, Zimbabweans start to build community workspace

Once Farai Gonzo and Jennifer Kazingo, participants of AFSC’s livelihoods project, learned how to construct bed and door frames from steel, the two women realized there was “no time to sit back”—their new skills could help them rebuild their lives and the lives of their neighbors.

Zimbabwe Brochure

In partnership with Silveira House, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, Hlekweni Friends Rural Development Service, and the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise and Co-operatives Development, AFSC has been working in Hatcliffe Extension for nearly four years, including the initial 18 months of providing emergency shelter in partnership with the Dominican Missionary Sisters and Silveira House (SH).

Women welders work with iron and fire

Blacksmithing in Action!!

Women's Empowerment in the Zimbabwean Livelihoods Project

Patricia Zeka Demonstrates the use of a 4 pound sledge hammer whilst Edwin Mpandawana, her trainer, assists. She is part of the Hatcliffe Extension 'Pisa Pisa' welding and blacksmithing group.

Iron and fire are normally left for men to work at to produce hoes, shovels, axes, window frames, door frames, and wheelbarrows; traditionally this trade is out-of-bounds for women.

After all, they say, women do not have the muscle: tender and soft they are made only to love and care.

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