Access to Livelihoods in Zimbabwe
Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Start date: October 2012
Partner: Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe Trust
Funded by: Anglo American Group Foundation
This three-year project supports people with disabilities in Harare and the surrounding rural districts to find a job or start their own business. Through the project we are providing people with disabilities with training, business development support and microfinance, as well as forging partnerships with local employers.
- 400 people to have gained employment or set up their own business
- 1,600 people to have completed training for their desired industry
- Livelihoods Resource Centre established in Harare, which will reach 2,500 people
- Database created matching candidates to employment opportunities
Project highlights include:
- A computer library has been set up in the Livelihoods Resource Centre with three computers. Two of the computers have been installed with JAWS screen-reading software for people with visual impairments.
- 26 people were given training in electronics and have succeeded in producing electronic surge protectors from scratch. They plan to start producing these in bulk – over 2,000 a month – and sell them for a good profit.
- We have raised awareness of disability with over 50 companies including hotels, cafes and banks. We hope that this will lead to more opportunities for employment, internship, job shadowing and volunteering.