Over 197 families who will be relocated from squatter camps in Killarney suburb Bulawayo and settled in Mazwi Village in the outskirts of Phumula in Bulawayo’s Ward 17 have expressed hope that their new settlement will open better opportunities for them.
Judith Ndlovu a representative of the group, told Radio Dialogue that although they are still in the process of putting up houses with the help of donors and Bulawayo City Council, she said they are looking forward to improve their standards.
She said the families have expressed determination to transform the village into a commercial area through income generating projects such as market gardening and construction.
“If we get farmland, be allowed to do some poultry projects and carpentry we will upgrade our lives very soon because most of us here were trained in such various projects,” said Ndlovu.
The families were moved by council from Killarney early last year. World Vision and International Organisation of Migration (IOM) are assisting in the construction of permanent houses for the group.
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