What We Do



Our Mentorship programme target in and out of school young women aged 15-24 and provides a unique opportunity for young women to be nurtured to become leaders who are able to transform their lives and those of women around them. The young women leaders also serve as role models and mentor their peers, creating a cycle of empowered young women in their communities. Wondering how can you partner with us to achieve this African Dream? The young women undertaken through the mentorship program come from diverse socio-economic divide and are at different stages of growth in their lives thus have different needs.

Here is how you can support them Volunteer to become a mentor Afford internship and volunteer places for young women Make available job opportunities for the young women who have completed high school Provide educational scholarships for in school young women Help us power this African dream by writing to us on mentorship@rootsafrica.net.

Lobby and Advocacy

Our advocacy work is hinged on addressing the social exclusion of young people from the socio-economic and developmental spaces. Our advocacy programmes are stakeholder-inclusive whose aim is to realize equitable access to resources and materials for youth development as individuals and a collective. Advocacy initiatives also entail compelling office bearers to develop and realign laws and policies allowing for greater development and participation opportunities for young people in both local and national processes.

Not Ripe for Marriage Campaign

ROOTS embarked on The Not Ripe for Marriage campaign to end child marriages in Zimbabwe in November 2014. The overall objectives of the campaign were to build a movement of people with increased awareness on child marriages and committed to end the practice, influence change in the policy environment and advocate for legislative review and realignment of the customary law and marriage act to be pegged at the same age as the Legal Age of Majority (18). Ultimately the campaign which had a lot of activities targeting the grassroots level sought to see community members displaying a change in existing attitudes, behaviours and norms around child marriage and have community members beginning to exhibit commitment to end child marriage in their communities

Pad A Girl Campaign

The Pad A girl promotes access to affordable and acceptable sanitary wear for young women in the rural and peri-urban areas in Zimbabwe.

Research and Incidence Documentation

The Trust proffers public policy alternatives to national development deriving from empirical researches and hands-on experiences in communities as well as documenting cases of violations against young women with a bias on Early, Forced Child Marriages

Access to Information

ROOTS recognizes that access to information is key in bridging the information gap that exists between communities and policy makers and service providers, the organization has information centres supplying communities with timely information. Cognizant of the growing influence of social media platforms, the organization has attracted huge followership on its social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp


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Participation of young women in the economic sphere increases the life options and choices for young women. As part of our growing efforts to ensure increased participation of young women in economic spheres in their communities, we provide young women with support to establish Small Business Clusters (SBC's) through providing small loans that support young women to execute cluster micro-businesses. Young women are equipped with lending and saving skills and open individual bank accounts. Young women under this project take a lead in conducting market surveys, project development and costing. Each cluster is assigned a mentor who has the necessary skills required by that specific cluster and supports the young women with group dynamics, accountability and leadership. Individuals with thriving projects will undergo a 3 month incubation phase. Upon fulfilling a set criteria, these projects will be weaned off and undergo a one year surveillance phase where the individuals will continue to get technical support from the cluster mentor.