Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe

Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe: Skills Development and Entrepreneurship: A highway to youth employment.

Gweru, ZimbabweGweru, Zimbabwe
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe (CDTZ) is an organization meant to capacitate youth for their total empowerment so that they positively develop Zimbabwe into a democratic country and where everyone participates in the political, social and economic development of the nation.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all youths are employed, what kind of the world in the 21st century would be?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project is addressing the problem of high levels of unemployment which has hit Africa. In Zimbabwe the recent statistics has shown that the unemployment rate is at 85%, the most affected are the youths. Most of the youths are in vulnerable employment, an indication of poverty among the young generation in Africa especially, Zimbabwe. Unemployment has made many youths idle and so succumbing to drug abuse, promiscuity and crime.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our project believes that youth entrepreneurship and skills development are the keys to the problem of unemployment. This can be achieved by consciously directing resources to uplift the youths. The Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe therefore provides youth training programs on social entrepreneurship and skills development training's on carpentry and joinery, bakery, hairdressing, welding, building and garment tailoring. These programs are made to prepare the young people into employment where at the end they will be able to create their jobs and employ others. This is in a bid to have a broad based, more inclusive and employment intensive growth path.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The first skills development program was done during the period May to August, and the training's included hairdressing, bakery, garment tailoring, welding, carpentry and joinery. The products which are being made are being sold in different communities to which they live. People in the communities are appreciating their products and now the students are making a living that is above the Poverty Datum Line of $1/day. The students whom we are training have also marketed our programs and this has saw large numbers of young people from urban and rural areas coming to our organization to register and receive the skills development and entrepreneurship programs. This shows a big difference that we are creating in our community.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Through this project, we have reached 80 youths to date. The project is exposing youths to innovative profession routes through leadership skills, skills development and entrepreneurship skills mentoring. Through our effective curricula in skills development, we have managed to reach 80 youths and these youths are helping us through cascading information about this effective project and recruiting other youths in the periphery to come for skills development mentor-ship. The expected impact in the next 5 years is to reach more than 5 000 young people in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe so that the human-rights strategy to development is achieved. It is necessary to fully integrate the non-formal economy into the mainstream of the economy to ensure a broad-based, inclusive growth strategy (equity-growth approach).

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

As Community development Trust in Zimbabwe, we anticipate that, this project is going to grow regionally and nationally. As an organization, our growth strategy includes that: we are going to increase more partner programs that will use our skills development and entrepreneurship Curricula. The organization believes that, the "Virtual School" is going to attract more funding partners so that the project will benefit youths across the country, region and the globe. The organization's Strategic Plan of 2014-2018 is going to help this project to success.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

For the organization to ensure financial sustainability, the project is going to rely on self-sustaining. The students whom the organization is going to enroll are going to pay a monthly subscription of US$10.00 to US$15.00. This will enables them to have access to the organization’s resources and curricula.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Other organizations that are offering skills development training include Vashandiri Training Center and Chikwingizha Seminary. However the location of these sites are far kilometers away from the city center which makes it impossible for many youths to have access to these institutions. However, Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe has come up with what we call “Virtual school” which is an online education that allows the young people across the country to have access to the Entrepreneurship curricula and skills development training. This makes us different from other approaches

Founding Story

The poor youth participation in influencing democratic processes is as a result of youth poverty which is as a result of bad governance. 24000 youths graduating from tertiary institutions every year into a non-existing labour market indicates youth vulnerability and potential for apathy. It is against this background that as young people to start a civic organization which meant to offer skills development, leadership and entrepreneurship programs with the desire to see a wealth community. Eventually, the w made it a success.


Tobias Saratiel, the co-founder, Director. (Full-time). Tanyaradzwa Mutongwizo, Programmes Manager (Full-time) Charity Hodzi, Finance & Admin Manager (Full-time) Paul Juru, Board Chairperson. Kudzai Kwangari, Board member. Maxwell Mugwagwa, (Sponsor). Arthur Chikwadzi, Advisor, (Part-time)
About You
About You
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About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

Zimbabwe, MD, Gweru

Country where this project is creating social impact

Zimbabwe, MD, Gweru

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs.

Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?


Tell us about your partnerships

The organization is making moves toward partnering with the following organizations/institutions:
• Youth in Development
• Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Development
• Tertiary Institutions in Zimbabwe.
• Small and Medium Enterprises Companies in Zimbabwe.
• National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (NANGO).

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Inadequate funding will be the major challenge that might hinder the success of this project. In overcoming this problem, the organization is going to seek funding from different donors so that the project will reach its set objectives to the completest. Strong partnerships with other responsible stakeholders that will help with other resources will be created.

How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?

At Community Development Trust in Zimbabwe, our goal is to capacitate youth in the local communities for their total empowerment so that they positively develop a wealth Zimbabwe. This is through offering skills development and entrepreneurship programs to meet the demands of the 21st era. Our idea is that, to sustainably address the challenges posed by unemployment, it is necessary to fully integrate the non-formal into the mainstream of the economy to ensure a broad-based inclusive growth strategy. This can be achieved by offering skills development and entrepreneurship skills to uplift the youths thereby creating self-reliant development.

Target Age Group(s): What age group(s) do(es) your solution target through it's programming?


Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution

Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Online Learning, Mentorship.

Do you have separate programs or initiatives that target the following types of populations?

Impact - Reach: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

Not Applicable - yet! (we are at the idea stage or start-up)

Number of People Directly Employed by Your Organization

Fewer than 10

Number of Volunteers


Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Redefine "Work: create flexible income generation opportunities or formalize jobs that have been historically considered informal or insecure

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers? Select a theme below that most applies to your work. If none of them do, no problem, you can skip this question.

Lack of youth empowerment