Ruwara Cooperative’s horticulture project in Mhene village ward 12 of Nemanwa under Chief Charumbira, bears fruit after a bumper tomato harvest. Through the partnership and support from Centre for Gender and Community Development in Zimbabwe (CGCDZ), the community group made their dream a reality. CGCDZ assisted the group of twenty-one partners (15 females and 6 males) with resources that is fence and fencing material as well as provided business and technical skills.
The cooperative members harvested three hundred and seventy (370) by twenty litre buckets of tomatoes from their business venture which they sold to various markets in Masvingo. The group comprising fifteen (15) female and six (6) male each pocketed a minimum of nine hundred and fifty Zimbabwe dollars during the harvesting month.
The community partners secured 0.25 hectares of land for the garden adjacent to the borehole which CGCDZ had drilled to support the fish project they were undertaking. The community partners mooted the idea of a nutrition garden after realising abundance and under-utilizedwater from the solar powered and labour effective borehole drilled by CGCDZ. The unintended outcome of sinking the borehole was that it became a source of safe clean water to forty (40) households in Mhene Village who relied on the unprotected source.