Northern Tobacco’s AWIDE programme impacts the development of small businesses for women

Northern Tobacco's AWIDE programme impacts the development of small businesses for women

NT has sponsored four women's groups across its Zimbabwe grower footprint to be trained and equipped by The African Women's Initiatives in Developing Economies (AWIDE), a group focusing on helping women farmers access markets

8for their produce. This year the women received starter packs to boost their businesses as part of an ongoing skills training program in entrepreneurial food processing management. The packs included bottles, stickers, ingredients, and utensils. The training component was completed in August and the 90 trained women based in Guruve, Nyazura, Forrester and Karoi were clustered into groups to commence operating as small start-up businesses. One group (pictured) in Chikokonyora Guruve is made up of 8 women ranging from 19 -70 years of age. They have successfully managed to sell 100 bottles of product, mainly tomato jam and chilli sauce, within their community. The monetary value is $300, with profit standing at $200. They have now bought new starter equipment to continue growing their business. A commendable achievement!