Mutanana and Gasva2
Greener Journal of Social Sciences Vol. 5 (4), pp. 089-096, October 2015
ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2015 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 101915144
The Impact of Women Empowerment to Rural Women and the Community. A Case of Chundu Women Self-Help Project in Zimbabwe
Ngonidzashe Mutanana1* and Douglas Gasva2*
1. Part-time Lecturer, Department of Counselling, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences – Zimbabwe Open University.
2. Quality Assurance Coordinator/Senior Lecturer, Quality Assurance Unit. Zimbabwe Open University.
The study explores the benefits of empowering women in rural communities with special reference to a self-help project, namely, Chundu Women Empowerment Group that was established in a rural set-up of Hurungwe District in Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe. The qualitative research paradigm was adopted on the basis that it is culturally specific and contextually rich in the data it produces. The target population for the current study were women and other stakeholders contributing towards the community project. A sample of ten participants was identified using purposive sampling, one of the most common sampling strategies in which group participants are selected according to a prescribed criterion relevant to a particular question. The researchers used observation and in-depth interviews as data gathering techniques. The major findings were that the self-help project under study has empowered and helped women involved to establish their potentials as human beings, and they are now able to make proper decisions. The community is also benefiting from the community project, particularly the elderly, widows, orphans and vulnerable children, as well as those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. The study also revealed that government departments are supporting the project, but however, the project is still facing some financial constraints. To this end, the study strongly recommended that the government, civic society and other stakeholders need to come forward and assist the community self-help project with financial resources and other forms of support in order for the project to realise long term impact and sustainability.
Key words: Women Empowerment, Community Self-Help Project, Rural Community.
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