The Story of Saru: Promoting Resilience through Livelihoods Motivation Teams
Sarudzai Mureza sits under the shadow of a small mango tree right outside her round-hut kitchen in Marange’s Ward 23 in Manicaland. A pile of groundnuts peels right beside her is evidence of the almost finished work of peeling her groundnuts from the previous year’s yield. With her nibble fingers, she finishes up peeling the remainder of the unprocessed nuts and hands them over to her daughter Nakai for the next stage of the production line. Alongside her 12-year old daughter who is winnowing the chaff from the already peeled ground nuts, they make a well-coordinated production assembly line.
Building Women’s Resilience to Climate Change
Climate change is now a living reality with most communities experiencing the worst effects of global warming. In this regard, climate change disproportionately affect women as compared to men as women play multiple roles particularly within rural communities. Women are involved in agricultural activities, fetching water and firewood and other environmental reliant activities. Communities in Marange in the Mutare District of Manicaland in Zimbabwe have seen the worst of climate change as they are yet to receive any meaningful rain in the last 5 years for their farming seasons which usually begin in November and December.
Women can Adapt (FEMADAPT)
Green governance Zimbabwe Trust is a youthful organization based in Manicaland whose people-centred programming contributes towards women’s empowerment as we grapple with the impacts of climate change. The organisation introduced an innovative idea that focuses on strengthening women economic capacity as they cope with the climate change threat.
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Source: Green Governance Zimbabwe Trust