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 works for one of AFSC's partners in Zimbabwe.

It was in a two-week cooking class for beginners that Grace Mutumbwa first learned how to make lasagna. That was 25 years ago, and she’s been cooking it ever since.

"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

On Hopley Farm, a settlement for displaced people outside of Harare, Zimbabwe, a group of new leatherworkers are celebrating their first business milestone: After just a three-week training course, they sold $64 dollars’ worth of sandals, school shoes, and satchels that they had made by hand.

“Satchels were most on demand than other products,” says group member Hosea Nyamadzawo.

Zimbabwe community builds a space to work

women in a sewing circle

Working from their homes is very limiting, so participants of AFSC’s livelihoods restoration project in Zimbabwe are building a community workspace where they can make and sell their goods.

Woman in Zimbabwe finding creative new sources of income

Since joining the sewing group through AFSC's Livelihoods Restoration Program, Maria Mahari has also started raising chickens, which helps feed her family and provides her with a steady income.

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

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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