By Thembelihle Mhlanga
Ntengwe for Development, a registered private voluntary organisation that facilitates community development through skills capacitation and evidence-based advocacy and groups’ savings for assets amassing, has come to the aid of villagers in Lupanda and Simunyu areas in Lupane.
The organisation has achieved this by imparting the necessary skills for poverty alleviation.
Simunyu and Lupanda areas fall under the arid land region. The communities are low-income earners. However, through its programme on advocacy and lobbying, the organisation has capacitated the rural women, bringing about remarkable changes to their lives.
As a result of the capacity building, the women in those areas came up with a plan to mitigate the water shortage by pooling resources together to finance the digging of wells that led to the establishment of nutrition gardens that are now producing food for their families.
Community beneficiary of the project, Iren Msebele said since the intervention of the organisation, the women’s lives have been hugely transformed economically as they have become more independent.
“In the past, we would ask for almost everything from our husbands, but since the coming of Ntengwe who taught us to be productive in our households, we are scaling up our domestic input,” Msebele said.
She said women from Lupanda and Block O have fundraised and saved money. Moreover, they have also managed to mitigate the water shortage by digging their own wells that have seen them growing nutritional gardens, thus improving household food security and livelihood.
A Ntengwe official, Thandolwenkosi Ndlovu has also paid tribute to the initiative, adding that women in Lupanda ward have managed to buy household utensils and goats, thanks to the capacity building.
“After our intervention as an organisation, we have seen women from this area buying goats and household utensils from their savings unlike in the past when they had to be totally dependent on their husbands, rendering them so vulnerable to abuse,” Ndlovu said.