Collaborative Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of Women’s Self-help Groups in North-Western Zimbabwe

  • Cresencia NyathiEmail author


The self-help group concept began in Asian countries, particularly India and Bangladesh, and was introduced into Zimbabwe in 2013. Rural women have certainly benefitted from such groups, particularly as a result of having access to funds from which they can borrow to finance small money-making initiatives. However, the groups have also struggled as a result of internal conflicts, including the non-repayment of loans, the causes and consequences of which are not well understood. This chapter reports an action research project designed to explore these conflicts and, in a participatory fashion, to devise ways to address them. Thereafter, Zimbabweans had positive outcomes in terms of building the skills of dialogue in self-help group contexts and the repayment of outstanding loans.


Rural women Self-help groups Zimbabwe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durban University of TechnologyDurbanSouth Africa

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