More than 60 members of Harare’s Inner City Circuit United Methodist Church gathered recently at the Agriculture Research Trust farm to gain new skills that will help them prepare for retirement.
The church-related farming ministry focuses on life skills, while encouraging, educating and empowering women to help their families survive.
The church’s agriculture team joined with a group from the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women to teach the participants farming skills.
Tafadzwa Ndoro, World Federation chair for Harare Inner City, said key concerns for the organization are hunger, poverty, universal primary education, gender equality, women’s empowerment and climate change.
“At our circuit, we chose to address self-sustenance in retirement to encourage women to start thinking about retirement,” Ndoro said. “The point being, it’s too late to work toward retirement when one is already old.”
The group visited the Agricultural Research Trust farm in March.
Ndoro noted that women are most vulnerable when they cannot sustain their families.
“We used farming as one of the projects that women can start investing in now, live on and be ready to raise the much-needed resources in old age,” she said. “We linked this to the virtuous woman who does not tire (of) working for her family. We were particularly interested in farming as we wanted to address several goals with one stone.”
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Source: United Methodist News