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Published on December 30, 2007

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BUILDING BRIDGES TO GRASSROOTS :  BUILDING BRIDGES TO GRASSROOTS GRASSROOTS WOMEN`S INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY (GWIA) Ms JUDITH SIBANDA- ZIMBABWE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION (ZWICA) NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON. Women: The true champions/cornerstones of urban shelter delivery in Southern Africa`` INTRODUCTION:  INTRODUCTION Focus on the community of Women In Construction (WIC) in Zimbabwe. Women Institutions lobbying Local Authorities and Parliament in Zimbabwe. Built bridges with the grassroots. VISION :  VISION Leading women‘s entity which is dynamic and is a leader in providing quality services in the construction sector to both public and private sectors nationally and across the globe. MISSION :  MISSION Promote participation of women involved in the construction business sharing of ideas, sourcing raw materials & marketing of products & services. VALUES :  VALUES Unity and good behaviour Fairness and justice-both to customers and members Responsibility of duties Quality-in respect to service and products and the type of leadership Productivity-to be a member one has to be productive or engaged in some construction related business. MEMBERSHIP/COMMITTEES :  MEMBERSHIP/COMMITTEES Executive Committee- responsible for the general operations of the Association. President, Mrs. Elizabeth Chakudunga, P O Box 42, Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Cell: 011 731566. Chairperson, Ms. Judith Sibanda, No. 11 Tregene Flats, 8th Ave/S.Parirenyatwa, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Telephone :( +263 4) 09 479700. TRAINING:  TRAINING Technical, Business, Roles & Responsibilities and Gender Mainstreaming. Boosted the groups’ confidence in their businesses. Five enterprises now operate as formal business. Secured business stands-greatly assisted in marketing. Two enterprises registered as companies under the Registrar of Companies. LINKS WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS:  LINKS WITH FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Small Enterprise Development Cooperation (SEDCO) assessed readiness of financial support. Majority of the enterprises qualified for lending. Informality militated against the groups that got unfavourable assessment. Last week SEDCO approved a ZWD30m (USD5 500) loan by Sebbame. MARKETING AND PUBLICITY:  MARKETING AND PUBLICITY Brochures for enterprises, ZWICA Enterprises exhibited & networked with finance providers, suppliers of raw materials, clients, and government departments at SME Expo LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY :  LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY Members of ZWICA with the Honourable Speaker of Parliament of Zimbabwe Dr Emmerson Munangagwa during the pre budget processes. DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNOLOGIES :  DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNOLOGIES RUTASHI enterprises held a demonstration for Chitungwiza councillors sensitising the local authority to provide opportunities for women in construction. Consequently RUTASHI and Vimbayi secured orders to supply Chitungwiza municipality with building materials worth over Z$10 million (US$ 1923.00). Demonstrating the technologies gave potential clients more information to make a decision about more cost effective technologies. Pictured above are members of RUTASHI and Councillors from Chitungwiza TRAINING & ADVISORY SUPPORT:  TRAINING & ADVISORY SUPPORT On site technical & business training and advisory support for women Gender Mainstreaming Trainings Women Empowerment/Roles and Responsibilities Trainings Training ZWICA in networking CONNECTIONS:  CONNECTIONS Networking- useful in enhancing skills that assist enterprises in resolving business problems. WIPCO enterprise was initially very passive- after a few networking seminars, started championing publicity activities and got an article in The Sunday Mail. In addition, their chairperson was the first among the ZWICA to have an opportunity to talk to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe about their business at a function co-hosted by Women in Business. Networking -extended to government departments and local authorities to create a conducive and favourable policy lobbying environment. SUSTAINABILITY :  SUSTAINABILITY Project activities link up with those of local authorities and vice versa. The project has continued to strengthen relationships between groups and local authorities in all project sites. Chitungwiza, Rusape and Norton local authorities have continued to offer business stands and pits (for subsoil used in brick moulding) to the enterprises. All local authorities, with the exception of Marondera Town Municipality, were represented at the launch of ZWICA. This partnership will ensure sustainability for the project beyond the project cycle. Strengthened marketing and quality control systems of all enterprise

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