Case studies archive - Southern Africa

Improved Sanitation and Water Access for Morrumballa Communities: The story of Quembo
Anna Vincente Chico, a grade three pupil is queuing up with her classmates and awaiting her turn to drink water from a newly installed water tap at Chingondole Primary School in the Zambezia province of Mozambique. A few months ago, she and her school pupils would have had to walk at least a kilometre to fetch water from the nearest water point.

Smallholder Farmers’ Dryland Food Security Project 
Contrary to common prejudice and belief, much of technology adaptation is done in the communities by communities and in some cases, new technology is conceived there. One such technology that has seen successful community level adaptation and improvement is the Dead Level Contour concept.

Community-based Construction offers Hope to Unemployed Youths
Until January 2007, Lloyd Chakandinakira (17) had faced a bleak future and was destined for unemployment. Lloyd, a youth from the Avenues area, which is one of the oldest townships of Mutare City, lives with two siblings who are too sick to work, and five elderly family members in a three-roomed old house.

Hope for People Living with HIV and AIDS in Zambia
Mrs Astrida Maina (34) has been living positively with HIV since 2001. Living in Zambia, a country with approximately 1.1 million adults and children who are living with HIV and AIDS and where the disease is increasingly and disproportionately affecting women and girls, she has risen above the challenges and is now living an improved and healthier life.

Community-Based Waste Management Comes to the Rescue
Most local authorities in Zimbabwe are struggling to provide and sustain adequate levels of urban services. As the country’s economic hardships deepen, major cities and towns are facing a growing number of migrants to the urban areas in search of employment. The result has been an even greater strain on the provision of services and amenities by the local authorities, with such as solid waste management being the worst affected.

Fruits of the Woods Blossom: Beekeeping in Zimbabwe
Forty-six year old Rungano Maburuse, a smallholder farmer in Masiyiwa Village in Gokwe South district, in north-western Zimbabwe is benefiting from beekeeping. A school headmaster, Mr. Maburuse took up beekeeping in 2005 after receiving training in beekeeping, honey processing and marketing from the Beekeepers Association of Zimbabwe (BKAZ) project.

Food Security Initiative Transforms Lives of People Living With HIV and AIDS
“I never thought I would live long enough to be a grandparent”, says Vincent Mabinda, a 42 - year old father of seven and grandfather of one who has been living positively with HIV since 2006. Until 2004, Mabinda was employed by Zambia Railways in Lusaka, the country’s capital city, but was retrenched during the company’s privatisation drive.

Ecological sanitation toilets promote health among people living with HIV and AIDS
For Epworth resident Theresa Kwenda (33), personal and household hygiene are essential components of her life. As she and her husband have both been living with HIV and AIDS since 2001, keeping a hygienic environment has helped them to minimise risks associated with opportunistic infections.

Generation of electricity ignites hope for a better education among rural pupils
“When I complete my education, I am going to be a lawyer”. These words are expressed with such passion and conviction that one has no choice but to believe that eleven –year- old Madeline Bofu will become a lawyer one day. Madeline is a pupil at Chipendeke Primary School, about 60 kilometres South of Mutare, Zimbabwe’s fourth largest city.

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