People With Disabilities (PWD) always face barriers to equal participation in all aspects of life. They are the poorest of the poor mainly due to the unfavorable economic situation and also because of the negative attitudes society continues to have towards people with disabilities. Some People with disabilities have been reduced to beggars for survival as they cannot afford basic needs, especially in the absence of a government social welfare system to provide for them. The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations is playing a critical role in organising People With Disabilities and empowering them to be self-reliant. Instead of begging, Ms Sibabazo Bungano (ZCIEA member) chose to work for herself.
Ms. Sibabazo Bungano is a 55 years old woman and disabled who looks after her four grandchildren who are still at school. She is a member of (ZCIEA) Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations. She joined ZCIEA in 2014. She is the treasurer for Mufakose Chapter and also a PWD Committee Member in the ZCIEA National Structure.
Ms Bungano specializes in the production of bags, jerseys, and chair cushions. In 2018 she won several first prizes at the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show in different categories as follows: three first prizes in the art of Adenga and four first prizes in hand knitting. She also won first two first prizes in crocheting and three first prizes in Traditional Art craft. Lastly she won one first prizes in machine knitting and two first prizes in recycling material. For those who are interested in traditional articrafts can contact her through ZCIEA National Office +263242740535 / +263772361905.
She urged Zimbabwean Government to recognize and promote people with disabilities in the informal economy