Over the years, Ruth Emmanuel-Makandiwa has actively worked towards raising the status of women through empowering them and her passion is to see women rise up and become significant in the society.
Through the Agape Family Care, she has organized training programs which saw hundreds of women acquiring creative skills that would enable them to support their families financially.
Running with the theme “Women’s Creative Skills for Sustainable Livelihoods”, this program started in March 2019. Over 150 women attended the first training sessions which were held in Harare,Zimabwe, some who had come from as far as Masvingo, Murehwa, Kwekwe, Chinhoyi and many other cities across Zimbabwe and AFC being a registered Private Voluntary Organization, this program was open to all women from different denominations.
In October and November 2019, the second part of the training sessions where held. Women were trained on how to make different types of detergents (laundry soaps, dish-washing liquids, toilet cleaners) beauty products (bubble baths, bath salts, facial soaps). The program also included training on packaging and branding of the products.
The training programs mainly focused on providing a learning platform for women to master creative skills in the crafts industry. The sessions were conducted by professionally trained instructors in the craft and manufacturing industry.
All these training programs saw women being empowered through mastering skills that they could use to generate income for themselves and ultimately become financially independent.
Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth (unwomen.org). It is essential for the achievement of sustainable social and economic development in every community. And Ruth Makandiwa has been on a mission to empower women all over Zimbabwe.