How your fundraising supports IYWD

Zimbabwe’s economy has been severely constrained over the past few decades, but people haven’t stopped dreaming, creating, and building economic opportunities. IYWD was created by young women to organize themselves, participate in decision-making, and generate resources. AiD funds will support IWD’s entrepreneurship program, which will enable young women to gain financial independence business development training and opportunities.

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About the organization

The Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) is a vibrant young feminist organization whose approach and work is informed by the voices and experiences of young women in rural, farming, and mining communities. It is committed to mobilizing and strengthening the voice and power of young women through building their capacity on human rights, equality, and entrepreneurship skills so that they organize themselves, demand accountability, and become capable of transforming their lives through income generating activities.

How IYWD translates this aspiration into action

One of IYWD’s strategic visions is to strengthen entrepreneurship among young women. To do so, the organization provides a comprehensive list and explanation of economic resources available to them in their province. In addition, IYWD has designed an entrepreneurship program based on the principles of training in business and financial management, marketing, personal mastery, and advocacy in relation to policy on business and entrepreneurship issues. The model furthermore, entails a support system including a start up grant/or loan, mentorship, and market linkages. Through its entrepreneurship program, IYWD intends to connect the young women with resources that can allow them to generate income to become self-reliant and independent, enhance their standing in their families and community, and give them greater leverage in decision making.

Why IYWD matters 

No one can meet then needs of young women like young women themselves. This organization has established strong ties with rural communities, developed relationships with local and traditional leaders, and created alternative economic opportunities to make sure young women are given access to voice, resource, and power. In a country that continues to struggle economically, it is imperative that young women are given opportunities to transform their lives for the better. They can help themselves, and in doing so, they are just the future the country needs.