Over 80 young women from Nkayi are being empowered with craftwork skills in order for them to be able to fend for themselves and to also minimize cases of the girls opting to get married at an early age because of poverty.
The girls make products such as baskets, bangles and necklaces which they later sell. The income they get assists them to sustain their livelihoods.
Speaking to B-Metro at their ZITF stand, founder of Khanya, Mentle Kukhanya Ncube said they are empowering the girl child with craftwork skills in a bid to eradicate child marriages.
“We are completely against child marriages, teenage pregnancies and anything that makes the girl child have less opportunities to shine so we have empowered girls between the ages of 13-25 with skills that will help them gain an income to look after themselves,” said Ncube.
She added: “Firstly I believe that it’s important to empower the girls psychologically. But to empower the mindset you have to empower the spiritual because the spiritual inspires how one thinks. So once they are empowered psychologically, they are freed from all types’ cultural beliefs such as the desire to get married at 15 or 16 years. Once you have completely taken that away they are able to see life in a different perspective. They are able to open up their eyes to say God has placed me here for something greater than just to be a wife and then they will be able to unleash their gifts in different kinds of craft,” said Ncube.