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Social Innovators Initial Training Vumba October 2014

Posted by SarahJ on November 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM

In September, it was with great excitement that I found out that I along with 6 other people, were going to be part of Paruware Trust's second class of Fellows. At the welcome lunch, we were then informed that the initial training would be a week in Vumba. Many of my fellows were quite pleased to be leaving Harare for a little while.

The journey to Vumba was quite smooth and easy, despite the numerous road works along the way. I also enjoyed driving the second car with all the ladies. It gave us an opportunity to bond and get to know each other a little better before the initial training. On arrival in Mutare, we were impressed the the famous Christmas pass with it's stunning views of the city. Onai, one of this year's fellows is a Mutare native, so she acted as our unofficial tour guide.

We did not stop much in the city, but proceeded to our accommodation in Vumba, Samango cottage, named after a species of monkey found in the area. The views were simply breathtaking and with limited network coverage, we were truly able to relax and focus on the training.

So began an intensive week of learning and interacting with one another. The sessions facilitated by Gamu were informative and ranged from the art of storytelling to learning how to market ourselves and our product/business. There were also sessions on identity and getting to know ourselves. Some of the highlights for me were our Entrepreneurial Challenge in Mutare. Although the task had its challenges, the people of Mutare were very friendly and helpful. It certainly was an eye opener and brought home to me the challenges faced by the average Zimbabwean trying to sell on the street. Another highlight was discussing the book, the Blue Sweater at the Vumba Botanical Gardens, although that session was cut short by an impromtu shower. I also appreciated getting personal feedback on myself and my project from the group.

It was a wonderful, refreshing and meaningful experience to have this training. It has laid the foundation for what will be a meaningful year being part of the Paruware Trust Fellowship

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