CARE began working in Zimbabwe in 1992 in response to a severe regional drought. After establishing a drought mitigation program, CARE began longer term developmental programs with local partners in building small dams, strengthening local microfinance institutions, and launching projects to assist small businesspersons in the rural areas.
CARE Zimbabwe’s overall goal is to empower disadvantaged and poor households to meet their basic needs. Programs promote sustainable livelihoods of poor and vulnerable people.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
Proven approaches for empowering women smallholders and achieving food security
“Bringing Financial Services to Africa’s Poor” focuses on microfi nance, a tool that’s been proven effective against poverty in the developing world. Nearly four decades of global microfi nance experience have shown that when poor people have access to fi nancial services – secure savings, credit, insurance and other products – they can change their lives and build stronger, more prosperous communities. They invest wisely, not only in income-generating activities, but also in the welfare of their families.
The importance of expanding access to financial services for the world’s poorest people is increasingly recognised, but despite the growing international attention to the issue, numerous barriers remain. A key challenge has been finding cost-effective ways to connect the millions of people who participate in informal community savings groups to banks and other financial institutions.