Zimbabwe: Patience Munyenyiwa

Zimbabwe: Patience Munyenyiwa


Date: May 12, 2021
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“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail no one will say, she does not have what it takes. They will say, women, do not have what it takes”.

When I was younger, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I realized I could          not change the nation, I began to focus on my town and I still failed. As I grew older, I tried to change my family and I realize that changing myself, is the only way to make an impact on my family, town, and the nation.

My life changed tremendously since my encounter with Gender Links. As a businessperson l can proudly say l am able to prepare business cashflows and manage my projects effectively. I run a preschool at a local farm, which is changing the lives of many children in my community. Education is an important tool which is very useful in everybody’s life and differentiates us from other living beings on earth. It makes man the smartest creature on earth. It empowers humans and gets them ready to face life’s challenges. However, education remains a luxury and not a necessity in our country. Education is a doorway to success. I am playing a role in preparing children from my community for a brighter future through my pre-school project.

The COVID19 pandemic affected the delivery of basic education because children and teachers were unable to go to school. However, as a passionate teacher, I went from door to door delivering books to young children to read during the lockdown period. I believe that education is a significant tool in eliminating poverty and unemployment. Above all, education increases the self-confidence of a person.  I also teach young girls about abuse and how to report it when it happens. I focus on girls so that they also participate equally with boys because I would like them to get equal opportunities as I was taught by Gender Links.

Apart from being a preschool teacher, I am also a tobacco farmer whose proceeds are being used to assist other young businesspeople, mostly women. Through the workshops and the training offered by the Gender Links, I have gained business management skills. I can market my produce. Before the training, my business was failing and I was operating at a loss. I manage several other businesses which have expanded and these include poultry, décor, and catering businesses.

Due to the experience, I gained from my interactions with Gender Links I am now confident with my marketing skills and I run my business professionally. I am now an integral part of the community. Whenever workshops & pieces of training are held in my community, the leaders in the community engage me to make presentations on business management.

I can pay my children’s tuition including my daughter’s who is at the University of Zimbabwe. Before that, I used to borrow money from loan sharks which cost me heavily. I want to thank Gender Links for the support and the experience at the SADCProtocol@Work summit which changed my life for the better. l used to hear about the summit from colleagues. l never thought one day I would be participating and winning a prize at the summit.