By Providence Maraneli
IT is often said when you empower a woman, you empower a nation and this may be true to the women of Ward 25 in Matobo district who embarked on massive mushroom farming after receiving training from a fellow villager Mrs Thembinkosi Sibanda who is into production of the same.
“When we talk of the President’s vision we are in line with it because it also talks of food self-sufficiency and with this project that we are embarking on, we think we are supporting our President’s vision,” a mushroom grower said.
Another noted: “We will grow and I think this will help us as women from this constituency and we want to grow.”
“As women we felt that we can do it and this will form some kind of empowerment and God helping we will send our children to school,” said another.
Matobo Ward 25 councillor, Sibonginkosi Dube said: “As leaders we should help our people grow and I am on a campaign to see to it that women in my ward are empowered. They say if you empower a woman, you have empowered the nation.”
With government on an intensive rural industrialisation drive, the importance of women empowerment projects cannot be overemphasised.
“We women sometimes we fold our hands when projects are announced and we don’t participate. Let’s rise as women and take the government projects because we are the important constituency. We should be vigilant and strong to look after our families and the nation at large,” Samkeliso Silengane, an official from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said.
Meanwhile, women groups including Mncwazini, Fox, Boomerang, Phakama, Nyandeni and Woolendale from Matobo district, who were trained in mushroom production, received certificates.