Manicaland has topped the lists in loan uptake for projects at the Women’s Bank while other provinces including Harare are still lagging behind, an official has said.
Zimbabwe Women Microfinance Bank was established by government as a measure to empower women by ensuring that they access money at concessionary rates.
In an interview on the sidelines of the International Women’s day organised by Amnesty International and Shamwari Yemwanasikana, Women’s Bank Head of Marketing and Public Relations Barbara Muyengwa encouraged all women to come on board.
“For your information Harare has been overtaken by other provinces, Midlands at the moment is actually number one.
“We are encouraging women in all of Zimbabwe to say come on board, this is your bank.
“As women we cannot do without this bank because we are there to ensure you get credit facilities at your own terms as an individual and as groups so you find that our products are suiting every woman’s mind,” she said.
She said the bank was there to empower women socially and economically.
“As the women’s bank you find out we are here for women empowerment economically and socially.
“On the social front, this where we are looking at empowerment schemes, business training because you find women would love to do projects but they do projects but they do not even knows how to do their bookkeeping so as women’s bank we have a division where we can equip these women.
“On the economic front we are doing a lot, we are in Harare and we are everywhere in Zimbabwe,” Muyengwa said.
She said women should not fear to get loans.
“Remove fear from your mind and say let me try, we are saying we are your bank so we are there, talk to us,” she said.