To remedy this situation, which is so unfavorable to girls, the Chimoio office of Solidar Suisse has the following strategy
- Improve access to basic education schools by reducing distances and supporting travel costs
- Provide scholarships to girls for vocational training and general education. The most favorable sectors are agriculture (local opportunities), health and education, and tourism.
- Advocacy for gender equality with parents and authorities.
However, given the extreme poverty of families in this region, access to higher education would involve travel to the main towns at a cost that is inaccessible to most.
This is why Solidar Suisse’s program focuses on access to locally provided training for a greater number of girls, particularly in the agricultural field where they play a fundamental role in the local economy, the land being the only wealth, by participating in an increase in family income and by marketing the production.
This does not prevent more and more girls from training in vocational schools, especially in technical fields. Their enthusiasm and determination is a driving force and a model for all young girls and women, with the aim of finding work and especially of creating their own micro-businesses. In this regard, it should be noted that girls are much more successful (low failure rate) in creating and then managing a microenterprise, in all fields.
This is why the Hermann Foundation is so interested in this program.