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Enhancing the Economic Security of Women with Disabilities in Malawi, Zambia and Malawi

DHAT will provide trainers, training, evaluation and project monitoring and link beneficiaries with financial and Government institutions

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What problem does your idea solve?

Women with Disabilities experience various forms of HIV/AIDS disease, and discrimination in many ways. They are excluded in health, entrepreneurial development, education, participation and access to basic information. Therefore, the Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) instituted a Women's Desk to specifically support the needs and aspirations of Women with Disabilities through business training and seed loans to start business and earn income to improve their economic status in 4 countries.

Explain your idea

The project through enhancing the economic security of women with disabilities in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Malawi, DHAT plans using its business training manual to train 60 Women with disabilities in business management, project planning, livestock keeping and designing; 20 from each country that is Malawi,Zambia and Zimbabwe. From the maintained 60 women that will be trained, they will be asked to identify one project e.g. livestock keeping, vegetable/cone farming, tailoring etc, from each country to be managed by a group of 20 women who will be trained. These 3 community projects through DHAT will be linked to financial and government institutions for financial support. DHAT will also have to establish a loan revolving fund of $ 15 000 to $30 000 for the projects . DHAT will carry out an environmental scan, design project implementation, monitoring and evaluation plans. Project reports and feed back will be prepared every month to be shared with donors and other stakeholders.Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) is a regional NGO registered in 2005 with country programmes in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe with its regional headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe. During the project DHAT will employ the participatory approach in all levels of the project, maintaining team building, displine and accountability. This project will continue supporting other poverty eradication strategies and initiatives that promote the economic empowerment of women with disabilities.

Who benefits?

The following will benefit from the project: Women with Disabilities and their families in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe e.g. they will be able to send their children over 500 aged 7 - 20 years old to school and buy medication for their health from their project realised incomes. Communities around the project will be employed and access the project supplies. The 60 women with disabilities trained will also train other women e.g. more than 600 women in the three countries who will become trainers.

How is your idea unique?

Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) is the only disabled peoples organisation working in health in the Southern Africa Development Community region and African continent e.g. HIV/AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. Meaning we are working direct with PWDs especially women with disabilities who carry alot of health burdens in their families. They have HIV, lack information on family planning and have no income to support their treatment and families. Most of women with disabilities are single mothers. Through this project Women with Disabilities, who are ready to be trained, will run small businessess and access loans from financial and government institutions. It will be more successful because DHAT will equip these women with knowledge and skills to run their business in groups and as individuals. This will also equip them with agriculture skills on how to run farming business. Phillimon Simwaba has MBA and more than 10 years traing skills in business management training.

Tell us more about you

Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) is an organisation, see profile attached. DHAT work with disabled peoples organisations, Federations, Governments, CSOs, PWDs, Women with disabilities organisations e.g. Zambia National Association of Disabled Women (ZNADOW), Zimbabwe Women with Disabilities in Development(ZWIDE) and Disabled Women in Malawi(DIWODE) who provides members. Phillimon Simwaba - Director to manage the project. We partner with government to wean off project for sustainability

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

As an organisation(DHAT) we would like to see women with disabilities being part of commodity and food producers and becoming independent. Becoming incharge of their destination in the society. We also want Women with disabilities not dying in large numbers of HIV/AIDS because they can not access or buy medication(ART) and other medications. Finally, DHAT is working towards a society free from poverty, diseases e.g. HIV/AIDS, guaranteeing full inclusion of People with Disabilities.Also working out on strategies that aim at addressing issues of economic, health, social, culture empowerment relating to persons with disabilities(PWDs), which tackle vulnerabilities and increase empowerment of PWDs and claim their rights and services.

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered for-profit company (including social enterprises).

Idea Maturity

  • Mature Growth/Currently Operating: I am currently implementing this idea but may still be iterating.


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