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The project is aimed at creating a level playing field between Victoria Falls and Livingstone women and youth informal cross border traders. This will be achieved through the establishment of an informal cross border traders association working towards removing barriers to formalization of informal trade and lobbying Government and its immigration stakeholders to tackle unfair informal trade competition. YI is also strengthening cross border social cohesion between communities in Victoria Falls.
Amplifying Women’s Voices in COVID-19 Response is an ongoing project which seeks to cascade values of democratic systems to communities at grassroots level. Through its thrust on evidence-based advocacy, credible research and use of mainstream and new media, the project tackles the issues of diminishing human rights, increase in gender based violence and constitutional reversals in Zimbabwe in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Documentary On: https://youtu.be/XfoRN5kcN_g
Youth Invest is part of Civil society organisations (CSOs) and 11 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, men, youth, person with disabilities (PWDs). The consortia have secured strong institutional capacity to participate meaningfully and constructively influence local government policies, legislative and decision making process in Matabeleland North and South and Bulawayo provinces to ensure responsiveness and inclusiveness.
The project is aimed at promoting the economic stability for youth engaged in the curio business in the rural outskirts of Victoria Falls through capacity development, networking and access to markets. To date, the project has strengthened collaboration and positive attitude among 74 community members. The villagers, most of whom are active players in the tourism industry sell curios and basketry have been trained on digital marketing, financial literacy and craft-story-telling.
Youth Invest has established Siyazenzela Crafts and Village Tours, a community Hub that produces and markets high quality crafts from the majestic Victoria Falls. The Hub is a gateway to experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the Zambezi people. The Hub has a membership of 86 members comprised of women and youth.
Between 2019 and 2020, YI advanced women and youth’s economic rights in Matabeleland Region through advocating for the financial inclusion of over 1 000 women and youth in Zimbabwe’s financial sector. The project benefitted women and youth from Bulawayo, Hwange and Lupane as they opened basic transaction accounts.
In efforts to safeguard youth and women’s ECOSOC rights which continue to be threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, YI leveraged digital media platforms such as GoFundMe and Facebook to raise funds to support marginalized communities of Chidobe and Sizinda located in Hwange Rural District. YI purchased hygiene kits and food hampers for 30 households with an average of 8 members each. Among the 240 beneficiaries are People With Disabilities (PWDs).