The HOPE for AIDS team in Zimbabwe works to alleviate human suffering in Zimbabwe caused by unemployment and lack of regular income. Unemployment is at a staggering 80% and the majority of people live from informal sector activities. This has hit vulnerable populations the most. This work trains orphans and vulnerable Children that have completed school, people living with HIV and volunteers (the majority of whom are widows) in doing income generating activities following business principles so that they and the beneficiaries of HOPE for AIDS work will benefit.
The team starts by identifyng skills the beneficiaries have and organising them to form groups to start their own income generating activities. Following, they help to find professional in the community who can assist with business strategies and training. And, finally, they work to provide starting capital for the business to ensure that they are self sustainable.