Our work in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe ranks 206 out of 230 in GDP per capita and, according to UNESCO, 91 out of 153 in literacy worldwide. But with one of the best farming climates on Earth, the sky is the limit for this country of 16 million.

Thanks to majority-funding from the Swedish Postcode Lottery, Hand in Hand is helping Zimbabwe by reaching out to thousands of smallholder farmers – the backbone of this erstwhile breadbasket of Africa – with our package of business and skills training, access to microcredit and links to larger markets. At the same time, we’re directly targeting youth – a necessity in this fast-growing country, where some 80 percent of the population is younger than 35.

By the numbers

Members trained: 14,880

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and start businesses together


Businesses started: 9,280

Hand in Hand entrepreneurs prepare food, rear cattle, weave carpets and more

Jobs created: 9,853

“Development happens through jobs,” says the World Bank. Our entrepreneurs make their own success, breaking the cycle of dependency

Lives improved: 37,120

Every business we help create in Zimbabwe benefits an average of four family members – young, old and everywhere in between

Why Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a prime example of unrealised potential. Only a concerted effort from government, the private sector and NGOs such as Hand in Hand will help.


Source: Unicef Poverty Atlas, 2015

77% of people in our operating provinces live in poverty

Source: UN Human Development Index

66% of employment in Zimbabwe is considered vulnerable

Source: UN Human Development Index

83% of employed people qualify as ‘working poor’, earning less than US $3.10 a day


Source: National Association of Youth Organisations

90% of youth are unemployed

Expansion map

Hand in Hand works in four of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces, representing about one-quarter of the country’s population.