Stories about IYWD's involvement with young women in the community

Young woman aims sustainable livelihood through subsistence organic fish farming

The Guruve fish farming project by young Women supported by Institute for Young Women Development (IYWD) which ran in November 2017 to November 2017 has seen positive impact after one of the ten young women who took part in this project has since started her own fish project at her homestead in a remote village of Mucherengi in Guruve District, Mashonaland Central Province of Zimbabwe. Shamiso Gotami (31) decided to use the skills and knowledge she has acquired during the past 12 months to improve her livelihood through food provision and eradicating poverty in her household.

Shamiso Gotami proudly showing off her receipt after purchasing 400 fingerling at RADCO Bindura Fisheries

Climate change has seen the rainy season delaying from the norm in the past few years in Zimbabwe and Guruve District is generally receives low rainfall with usual very high temperatures. This makes agriculture a gamble, considering that most families in this area survive from subsistence farming apart from small scale artisanal mining. “I have learnt that fish farming is favourable to the current weather because it only need a reliable source of water which can be sustained even in summer or times of low rainfall”’, Shamiso revealed. She further articulates that “We were trained before running our fish project and in the course of the project I made various positive discoveries about organic fish farming which inspired me to establish my own fishpond”. Shamiso went on to highlight the advantages of organic fish farming which include its ease in management, less laborious, climate friendly, environment friendly, cheap and sustainable since use of organic feeds do not require money to purchase, considering the difficult economic situation the country is in at the moment. She has since finished constructing her fishpond and she stocked 400 fingerlings on the 27th of November.

Shamiso's home fishpond

Meanwhile not only Shamiso was inspired to begin subsistence organic fish farming. Other team members have also pledged to follow suit because this initiative means they will not have to buy relish or meat when they have fishponds in their homesteads. Fish also adds value to the diet and in future if they acquire more experience and resources, young women can go commercial and make money from fish farming. The video in the link below shows the harvesting day of the Guruve Mucherengi fish farming project.