Public Environmental Health
This department’s core activity is to promote community economic strengthening by reducing vulnerability, promoting resilience and enhancing the community of Chimanimani’s capacity to cope with shocks. The department aims to ‘wean’ small subsistence farmers from solely relying on donations. Community Economic Strengthening has covered farmer produce value chains; household & group processing units; marketing linkages for smallholder produce (including organic & fair-trade products Focusing on a ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) mentality the department provides farmers with solutions on how best to increase their income as households thus improving their quality of life and nutrition. Over the years this has been achieved through skills training on value addition through food processing. In addition the department contributed to farmers having access to funds through use of savings and lending schemes as (SALS) and provides the farmers with subsidised transport giving them access to the market. It drives inter-community linkages that are viable and ensure that the community itself is self sustaining.
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