#Her Zambia Scheme

The #HerZambia Scheme is a national service vision focused on capacity building of rural Zambian women at the risk of poverty. The scheme envisions empowering it's beneficiaries to be catalysts for establishing regional food systems through inclusive smallholder farming activities and a cooperative business model.
Students involved
Amogh Lux
The World Bank
Gewel 2030 - Women Financial Empowerment in Zambia
GEWEL is a financial capacity building exercise to empower women in rural Zambia at the risk of poverty. How can GEWEL evolve to a more citizen centered and transformation focused service while achieving the Government’s goals to empower women.

Considering the Government’s intention to provide women with opportunities and access to sustaining livelihood and beating poverty, agriculture presents an exciting angle to capacity building. Horizon one focuses on building successful smallholder farms. This is the core of the whole scheme and will enable the beneficiary to sustain her daily life through regular income generation by making the most of her existing skill set. Horizon two looks at embracing the emerging opportunity to develop community wealth by grouping small holder farmers in a cooperative model to access economies of scale while maintaining an operation within their capacity. Horizon three aims to nurture growth to uplift the entire region by developing regional food systems which will generate economic opportunities for the whole community.


Developed for women ages 18 - 55 from low-income, rural homes in Zambia.


At the heart of Zambia’s challenge to reduce poverty through economic growth seems to be the low productivity of agriculture for the majority of poor, farming Zambians – but it may also present an opportunity. Eighty percent of Zambia’s poor work in agriculture where value added per worker has remained flat since 2000. Women are the most affected by this.


Over 3 phases the scheme will work to co-develop regional food systems with its beneficiaries. Phase one will help establish profitable small holder farming operations. Phase two will establish multi stakeholder cooperatives with the beneficiaries including the government as an active member in the model. Phase three will expand to accomodating a regional food system. The service design of the scheme has been developed to capitalize on the existing behaviors, skillsets and mindsets of the target beneficiaries.

special thanks:
Permanent Secretary Pamela Kadamba, the GEWEL team, Bridget Kambobe, Lux Subramaniam and Neal Stone for being a stellar pillars of support throughout the process.
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