The old adage ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’, aptly sums up Nyarai Kaliati’s life. A mother of three, Nyarai used to rely on her husband for her family’s upkeep. Patriarchy taught her to submit to her husband and she expected him to provide everything for the family. But Nyarai had never really accepted that situation and often argued with her husband, as she wanted him to account for every cent he earned. This did not go down well with him.
Fate stepped in when her husband suffered a stroke, leaving Nyarai to fend for the family. Luckily for her, the SAfAIDS Irish Aid programme that supports vulnerable families with livelihood programmes came to her area and she was enrolled through SAfAIDS partner, Ndaiziva Capacity Development Trust.
Each of the five women identified received $30 to embark on a project of their choice. Determined to succeed, Nyarai grabbed the opportunity.
Ndaiziva nurtured her livelihood skills and she eventually embarked on craft making. She is now in business making elegant beaded bags, bracelets and crocheted goods, which she sells in her community. She is also making rosaries that she sells during church services and at women’s gatherings.
Making waves at the Harare Agricultural show
Nyarai attended the just-ended Harare Agricultural Show with SAfAIDS and Ndaiziva, where she had the opportunity to exhibit her accessories and advertise her amazing work.
“I thank SAfAIDS and Ndaiziva for giving us the opportunity to become independent women who strive to support the family. Although my husband is still not well, we never run out of food because l am now bringing money home through craftwork.’’
In addition to livelihood skills, the Irish Aid funded programme also taught her how to address gender-based violence in homes and in communities.
The programme’s aim is to support vulnerable households and reduce poverty and the risk of HIV and GBV for women, orphans and vulnerable children.