‘Not For the Faint-Hearted’: Young women breaking barriers in the Mining Industry.
Fancy Moyo (20) is a beneficiary of the USAID PEPFAR funded project being implemented by Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) under the DREAMS-RISE project in Insiza District who attended the three months (July – September) Mineral processing course at Zimbabwe School of Mines in 2022. Upon completion of her course, she became attached at Progress Mine, a Gold Mining Company Located in Filabusi, Matebeleland South Province for her practical orientation. As a female seeking equal opportunity in Zimbabwe’s male-dominated mining industry, she has managed to overcome cultural and financial obstacles that stand in the way of most females in Zimbabwe.
“I was seconded by the mine’s management team to be trained as a plant operator and this is an opportunity that has propelled me from a mere Grade 4 Leach Controller post to a Grade 9 post. This has boosted my confidence as a woman and has improved my positive outlook on life.” says Fancy. She is now in a position of being able to provide for her parents and siblings. She started as a mill feeder at the mine and managed to rise very fast through the ranks after being identified as a fast learner.
Fancy is one of the 171584 AGYW reached by the ZHI DREAMS-RISE program from October 2021.
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