Welcome to TSURO Trust

A community-based organisation based in Chimanimani.

Towards Sustainable Use of Resources Organisation

We Are TSURO Trust

TSURO Trust is a Zimbabwean community-based organisation operating in the eastern district of Chimanimani. TSURO works towards a vision of ‘Empowered, peaceful and united communities of Chimanimani and neighbouring districts with well-sustained natural resources, healthy and food secure people as well as productive food processing initiatives and marketing businesses’.

Our Programmes

Here are the four key areas of our service.

Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Resource Management

It is one of the TSURO Trust major 3 Departments which include Community Agro Processing and Health, Community Health and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. The department’s major goal is to strengthen Chimanimani farming communities in their capacity to increase and sustain their agricultural production ...

Community Health

TSURO tries to tackle the complex challenges of rural community health from several angles: setting examples of community-based health infrastructure; enhancing the capacity of families and communities to take responsibility for basic hygiene and nutritional issues at household level...

Rural Household Economies for Resilient Livelihoods

TSURO seeks to assist rural households to become more resilient in the face multiple challenges. This means being secure in household nutrition, and it also means access to adequate rural incomes. Monetary rural incomes are chronically low across the country (below US$ 50/month for more than half of the population) and TSURO uses a variety of strategies to address this problem. According to a recent evaluation, this has seen average rural incomes in the district rise from US$ 35 in 2013 to US$ 82 in 2016.

Building Community Organizational Capacity

TSURO has been using the image of a three-legged cast-iron pot, commonly used in Zimbabwe’s rural areas, to describe the essential elements of its livelihood development approach: 1.learning & training, 2. visible and feasible community projects, 3. grassroots organizational development and democratic governance.

About TSURO Trust

TSURO Trust is a Zimbabwean community-based organisation operating in the eastern district of Chimanimani. TSURO works towards a vision of ‘Empowered, peaceful and united communities of Chimanimani and neighbouring districts with well-sustained natural resources, healthy and food secure people as well as productive food processing initiatives and marketing businesses’.

Empowered, peaceful and united communities of Chimanimani and neighbouring districts with sustained natural resources, healthy and food secure people, as well as productive food processing initiatives and marketing businesses.
TSURO aims at empowering the communities of Chimanimani District to improve their livelihoods and relationships through programmes in the areas of sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, community health, agro-processing, and marketing. In this effort, the TSURO Trust and the TSURO dzeChimanimani Association will work with traditional leaders and all stakeholders who share the aim of alleviating poverty and reducing the dependency of rural people.
  • Community Ownership – Understanding each community as a unique and diverse entity and strengthen communities to see their challenges and find their own solutions.
  • Inclusivity -Strengthening communities to reach out and integrate the disadvantaged amongst them into all their activities and processes.
  • Transparency -Everyone in TSURO has a good understanding of activities, plans, and budgets of TSURO and feels able to contribute to discussions at whatever level.
  • Accountability -Everyone in TSURO understands their roles and responsibilities to ensure implementation and documentation of activities with the proper use of resources and owning the outcomes at all levels
  • Partners Involvement -Recognizing TSURO’s strengths and limitations, and that we can only play a part. We carefully identify partners to compliment our contributions. Also keeping stakeholders well informed about all what we are doing.
  • Sustainable Use of resources -Appreciating locally available resources we promote combining indigenous knowledge with appropriate knowledge from elsewhere and ongoing local knowledge development and sharing through experimentation, towards ecologically healthy and productive landscapes.
  • Respect – Respecting peoples’ choices in relation to values, religion, political affiliation, and mindset while continuously sharing thought-provoking information.
  • Justice – Promoting a clear and evolving policy framework at all levels and enabling different groups to play their role in promoting fairness, equal rights, and discipline
  • Unity – Believe that communities gain strength and power through working together in a non-partisan approach.

Our Story

The Chimanimani hare, TSURO, an indicator of diversity and health in the natural resources and a symbol of wisdom in the face of adversity in human folklore, began its life as a young hare in the foothills of the Chimanimani Mountains in the Chikukwa Communal Land.

Reaching out to the wider district

In 2000 a small team of three, Alias Mulambo, Antonetta Takawira and Ulli Westermann launched the TSURO initiative. With the aim “to strengthen the capacity of rural communities in Chimanimani District to sustain their resource base…

The Big Launch

In September 2001 TSURO held a conference that was pivotal in its history. This meeting brought together representatives from 21 out of the 23 wards of Chimanimani and launched the TSURO Association. The representatives at the…

Strategic Planning

2002 was a year of strategic planning and expansion for TSURO. There was now demand for the wise hare in all corners of the district. 132 village groups joined the newly founded TSURO dzeChimanimani Association and…

TSURO reaches out far and wide

2003 saw a big increase in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management project activities. TSURO divides these projects into two broad categories: group projects which request material support from TSURO and family projects which do not…

TSURO – The Whole Story

Like many hares, TSURO has had an eventful and at times difficult existence as it strives to stay on its toes. Here’s where you can get the whole story…

News From Our Blog

We are always out and about, and we enjoy sharing our experiences. Here's the latest of what we've been up to.

Seed is wealth

It was in 2013 when I joined seed fairs and before I used to grow crops for the family support only. When I heard of seed production, seed shows in our village it did not take me two words to…

Rapoko seed is our Culture, our Tradition and Our Sovereignty!!

Small grains are very important in our community because they give us good yields even in years of low rainfall. The seed crops that I usually grow are sorghum (mukadzi usaenda variety), rapoko (finger millet), and traditional maize variety (madzande).…

Kumbirai Dube Story of change

I remember the story of seed since from 2015, but looking back there was a challenge that I and farmers in my village could not tell the diffrence between seed and grain. When each season starts, farmers just jump into…
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OCTOBER 2017

Climate change knows no borders. The whole district of Chimanimani and the nation at large is shouldering the responsibility to bring food security. Open pollinated seed varieties being at the helm and became the green light. Participating organizations in Zimbabwe…
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PELUM July 2016 Newsletter

Smallholder farmers in Chimanimani district participated in two seed fairs that were hosted by CELUCT and TSURO Trust on 27 and 28 July 2016. The seed fairs saw more than hundred smallholder farmers exchanging traditional seed and open pollinated seed…
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September 2016 Newsletter

PROMOTING FOOD SECURITY, NUTRITION AND HOUSEHOLD INCOMES Empowered, peaceful and united communities of Chimanimani and neighbouring districts with well sustained natural resources, healthy and food secure people as well as productive food processing initiatives and marketing businesses. read more
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October 2015 Newsletter

The Chimanimani hare, TSURO, an indicator of diversity and health in the natural resources and a symbol of wisdom in the face of adversity in human folklore, began its life as a young hare in the foothills of the Chimanimani…

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Address

212 Ngangu, Private Bag 2029,
Chimanimani,
Zimbabwe

Telephone: 00 263 26-2784/ -3048
Telefax: 00 263 26-2785

E-mail: info@tsuro-dzechimanimani.org

Contact Persons

adminstrator-contact

Ottilia Mashingaidze

Administrator+263 77 302 8107
contact

Blessing Funani

Knowledge Management Officer+263 77 402 9534