Herald Reporter |  9 months ago | top
Former commercial sex workers in Hatcliffe, Harare, burst with great joy last Monday when the First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa rolled out detergent making and rabbit rearing projects as part of her social rehabilitation and empowerment drive.
The intervention came barely two weeks after the First Lady had asked them what they needed to leave the world's oldest profession which exposes them to diseases and risks of being gang raped and murdered.
The First Lady is so passionate about women empowerment. Of recent she met with commercial sex workers from Mbare, Hatcliffe, Waterfalls and Domboshava with the sole aim to rehabilitate and economically empower them through various projects.
She has set up similar projects in various communities countrywide for the benefit of women.
This comes at a time when Amai Mnangagwa is running various programmes like Nharirire and Gota/Nhanga/Ixhiba to promote good morals and ensure people live in harmony and with respect.
Addressing the women yesterday, the First Lady praised the former commercial sex workers for their zeal to start income generating projects and implored them to remain united.
" I have come back my children so that we roll out some of the projects you said you wanted to do. I want to thank you for the zeal you have to start these projects.
We are now a family and we do not want those who quit. Let's remain united for the success of our projects. Those who said they wanted to rear rabbits, ndakamhanya-mhanya through my Angel of Hope Foundation and sourced these rabbits. I have brought them for you," she said.
The First Lady said she also ran around sourcing those who have expertise in detergent making and implored the women to take notes so that they grasp the concept.
" My desire is for you to leave the streets and bars and use your hands to raise your families.
"I want you to call me later and show me what you achieved. Do not go backwards vanangu. As groups, I want you to meet regularly and share ideas. This demands commitment and unity so that your minds are put together," she said.