Chivhu – A Chivhu commercial sex worker who has just left the profession has described the 14 years that she spent changing men as the hardest part of her life.
Febie Banda said this at a function where she and her colleagues in the profession expressed gratitude for the support to start small projects that they received from Debra Tshuma Foundation.
The Foundation to which they were connected to by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro provided the 200 sex workers under the project with matemba, beans, Russian sausages and potatoes to make fresh chips which they are selling for profit.
Banda vowed that because of the success they enjoyed from their new entrepreneurship, she and her colleagues were going to kiss goodbye to the oldest profession and use their hands in business to support their lives.
She said this at a function held at Liebenberg High School and attended by Dr Mangwiro, Minister of State for Mash East Apolonia Munzverengwi, MP for Women’s Quarter Tatenda Mavetera, Chief Mutekedza and senior Government officials.
“I have been a commercial sex worker for 14 years and I am not proud of it. These were the hardest years of my life. I went through difficulties that were really bad. Today I say enough is enough, I am going to leave prostitution and work with my hands and be a business woman,” said Banda.
Another sex worker, Pamela Katsonga said she started prostitution at the age of 16. Her target market was truck drivers and at that time she thought it was the best way to make quick money to survive.
She pleaded with First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa to help them with more projects.
The First Lady was represented at the function by Dr Mandas Marikanda who is the CEO of Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank.
“I encourage all the ladies here to work hard and do projects to sustain their livelihood. Don’t return to commercial sex work because there are more disadvantages there. I also encourage those who get pregnant not to abort but to keep those babies and work hard for them,” said Dr Marikanda.
She encouraged them to apply for loans for projects at the Bank. They also got bakery equipment.