ENSURE Women's Empowerment, Nutrition, Market Access, and Resilience

ENSURE Women's Empowerment, Nutrition, Market Access, and Resilience

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As part of the ENSURE project [Enhancing Nutrition, Scaling Up Resilience and Enterprise], funded by USAID's Food For Peace Program, CARE works with World Vision in Zimbabwe to improve nutrition, market access, and resilience for women in 3 districts.   The project combines work with microfinance, conservation agriculture, nutrition, climate resilience, and hygiene to make sure that women and families can meet their needs, no matter what disasters they face. CARE also conducts the gender analysis and gender strategy for the program.  In June, CARE launched the gender analysis report and video to the Government of Zimbabwe.

What results have we see so far?
  • More than 16,400 pregnant and lactating women have improved nutrition as a result of food distributions;
  • 10,800 people have mobilized $317,398 in savings and $650,000 in credit from Village Savings and Loan Associations;
  • Women are investing in ways to make more money (cows, goats, businesses) with the money they save.  As a result, they have been able to earn nearly $5,000 from selling livestock.;
  • Men are engaging to promote safe spaces for women and more equality in the home;
  • Families are investing in hygiene.  In one district, $1,776 from VSLA's went to build latrines in the community;
  • The government has agreed to use CARE's gender analysis across the country.
  • The project is focusing on men’s involvement in household tasks. Now, more than 70% of men in the program are helping women with chores that they used to think only women should do.
  • 30% of project participants are receiving climate information to make decisions, and 38% of families are taking on at least one climate risk reduction behavior. 
Stories of Success

Building community gardens is one way for families to earn some extra income, eat more nutritious foods, and for women to control some assets in the household. In the village of Mahazu, activities building the garden also included sessions promoting essential nutrition practices, including breastfeeding, hygiene and nutrition endows mothers with necessary basic knowledge to improve the nutritional situation of their families.

Shuvai Manjemure is the garden chairperson--one of the many leadership positions that women from ENSURE are now able to hold.  She and 60 community members decided that a garden with a small dam and irrigation would help reduce the risk of droughts and starvation.  It's an investment that paid off. “We have already started seeing improvement in terms of food diversity in the households that are benefiting from this garden”, said Shuvai. Plot holders went a step further and purchased 60 orange trees that are currently intercropped with pine apple plants to support the nutritional needs. “This integrated approach in production helps households meet the economic and nutritional requirements. 

Download the Gender Analysis Report