Female miners get push carts

01 Jul, 2022 - 00:07 0 Views
Female miners get push carts Minister Chitando (left) officiating the hand over ceremony


H-Metro Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Miners Federation, in conjunction with Varun Beverages, yesterday gave 30 Pepsi push carts to female miners across the country.

The project is set to benefit more than 2000 people in Zimbabwe once all the push carts are distributed to various vendors in the country’s rural and mining towns.

Speaking at the launch programme in Harare yesterday, guest of honour, Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando hailed the ZMF and Varun Beverages for the initiative.

“We are here today to witness an empowerment initiative for the women in mines, what is important is that ZMF is not only folding hands but they are digging, taking a loop at what is happening and see how they can make things better for the women in the mine industry, so this occasion is quite momentous for the women in mines,” he said.

“I want to thank Varun Beverages for this wonderful initiative and I hope that this relationship that has been created can last a lifetime.”

ZMF president, Henrietta Rushwaya, said the relationship with Varun Beverages was just the beginning of future women projects.

“More often than not women carry the burden of work that is unpaid, unseen, unreported and underappreciated, Zimbabwean women are the hardest working people I have ever met. 

“Our women spend sleepless nights out in the bush trying to make ends meet.

“As a woman president it has always been, my wish to be more precise that, at least, women get something profitable to do whilst they are out there.

“This relationship with Varun Beverages is just the beginning of future women projects to be enacted. “Rushwaya said, as the mining industry, they were also trying to contribute to the target set for the whole industry by President Mnangagwa. “To ensure that we are part of the bandwagon to achieving whatever that is needed to be achieved, we are a hardworking sector which has made sure that we provide the necessary support to the Government directly or indirectly,” she said.

“This particular project is going to be the first project that will make sure that our women are brought into the mainstream economy through formalization.

“ZMF, Pepsi push carts projects is meant to bring financial emancipation to the women miners, it is meant to bring business prowess among the women and it is meant to create employment.”

Rushwaya said the project will be a sustainable business model which is designed to profit both Varun Beverages and improve the livelihoods of the ZMF family.

 Varun Beverages chief executive, Vijay Bahl, said the project was meant to benefit those in rural Zimbabwe and mining areas.

“With the extension of the project, expansion and investments that we have done, we saw that it was very important for us to come up with a model which we said can reach rural Zimbabwe,” he said.

“Some of the vendors try to sell their drinks and food products from a street corner so we thought that it was better to give them beautiful, good looking push carts and we got these pushcarts, which we started to roll out in Harare and key cities in Zimbabwe since.

“We saw that we can help fight poverty, unemployment in rural areas, therefore we thought that we needed to go to miners, and those in rural areas.”

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