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Empowering Communities: Baona Roots Cooperative in Mudzi District

By Tatenda Machirori (Opinion)

NESTLED IN the heart of Mudzi District is Kotwa, which provides residence to the Boana Roots Cooperative.

This Cooperative is a group of 10 women who have come together to aggregate baobab found in abundance in the area and have the intention to value add into various products.

The 10 women are all a part of CAMFED’s CAMA network which aids in building and improving lives of women in marginalized communities.

The 10 women are between the ages of 20 to 26 years, with a shared mandate to learn and improve their livelihoods as well as their communities.

In assisting the young women, CAMFED has been providing the necessary financial resources for the project, while HIT is providing equipment for processing and ZimTrade is providing technical skills training and market linkages and coverage.

Through facilitation by ZimTrade, the cluster has participated at the largest exhibition on the continent, the Intra-Africa Trade Fair, held in Egypt in 2023.

During the fair, the cluster engaged with potential business partners across the continent, with most buyers pointing the top quality of their products.

This remarkable initiative is transforming the lives of its beneficiaries and the entire community at large.

It represents a beacon of hope for sustainable development, employment, and infrastructure upliftment in the region.

At the core of the Baona Roots Cooperative mission is community development.

Through collective effort and shared resources, the cooperative members are working hand in hand to create a positive impact on the local community.

By focusing on sustainable practices and empowering community members, the cluster initiative is paving the way for a brighter future for all.

One of the key benefits expected from the cluster is the generation of employment opportunities.

The cooperative will provide a platform for individuals to earn a livelihood through various roles within the value chain, from harvesting to processing and marketing of baobab products.

By building a processing plant, this initiative will be creating sustainable jobs as this will be a long-term project.

The cluster will not only enhance economic stability but also foster a sense of pride and empowerment among community members.

Infrastructure development is another significant area where the cluster is making a difference.

Through development of essential infrastructure such as processing facilities, storage units, and transportation networks, the cooperative is strengthening the backbone of the community.

Improved infrastructure not only supports the growth of the baobab industry but also enhances overall connectivity and access to markets, thereby catalyzing economic growth in the region and province.

The success of the Baona Roots Cooperative in Mudzi will serve as a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and community-driven initiatives.

Through harnessing the collective potential of the members, the cooperative is unlocking new opportunities for sustainable development and social progress.

Further to this, the focus on community development, employment creation, and infrastructure development means the cluster is nurturing a brighter future for generations to come.

The baobab cluster in Mashonaland East Province, Mudzi District exemplifies the transformative impact that cooperative efforts can have on rural communities.

With its dedication to community development, job creation, and infrastructure enhancement, the cluster can stand out as a shining example of how grassroots initiatives can drive positive change on a provincial level.

As the cooperative continues to grow and prosper, its ripple effects will undoubtedly be felt far and wide, enriching the lives of all who are touched by its vision of empowerment and progress.

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