• Welcome to P.E.N.Y.A

  • We thrive to empower our youth by availing funds when available for them to start different projects.

Practical Empowerment & Networking Youth Association (P.E.N.Y.A) is a youth-centred non-governmental organisation that was formed and run by youth. The organisation works to address the socio-economic challenges faced by youth and children through creating partnerships with them, their families, communities, civil society and government, aimed at building their capacities and enabling their voice to be heard and recognized in issues affecting them.

PENYA is a Shona word meaning "to shine" and it aims to make the children and youth in our communities to shine regardless of the hardships they face


About Us

At P.E.N.Y.A, we focus on youth empowerment through entrepreneurial skills training, savings group formation, support for youth businesses and small business management advice.

We work at the grassroots level in the Harare, Chegutu and Goromonzi districts. To date, we have trained approximately 300 youth through the ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ program, assisted 300 youth with microloans, and formed 36 School Health Clubs.


To be an active empoweror of youth and children and advocate for social entrepreneurship whilst changing the lives of youth, children and the communities they live in


To practically empower youth and children in all aspects of life to ensure total independence, development and self-actualisation


  • To empower youth and communities to identify and address the root causes of poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy and vulnerability to exploitative systems and conditions
  • To provide such humanitarian support, financial and otherwise as may be possible for the general welfare of persons and particularly the youth who are in distress

Our Work

This entails:

  • Life skills training for youth
  • Entrepreneurship skills training
  • Training and support in the formation of savings groups
  • Small business formation and mentorship
  • Microloans to set up drip irrigation kits on communal farms for market gardening
  • Microloans to set up poultry projects
  • Support with startup inputs (equipment, machinery and/or inputs)
  • Training on marketing and creating market linkages

We also undertake the following to enhance community initiatives to mitigate climate change effects:

  • Organic gardening and integrated aquaculture
  • Reforestation and land reclamation
  • Training in environmental protection, climate change and conservation agriculture
  • Alternative energy sources and adoption of energy efficient stoves and biogas digesters
  • Soil fertility rebuilding through vermin-composting


  • 300 youth trained in small business management skills
  • $60 000 worth of business support and credit provided to youth run enterprises
  • 100 youth trained in Climate Change adaptation
  • 4 community gardens set up
  • 5 school gardens set up
  • 2 community-based recycling sites set up
  • 2 500 trees planted
  • 3 community gardens set up

This entails:

  • School fees and educational requirements support
  • Total package support with food hampers and supplementary feeding for orphaned and vulnerable children
  • Book and sports equipment donations


  • 7 schools supported with reading and text books
  • 3 schools supported with sports equipment
  • 300 children supported with school fees and items

This entails:

  • Capacity building of youth on civic engagement and participation in local governance processes
  • Promotion of youth led social cohesion and peacebuilding initiatives
  • Creating space for youth led community engagements and knowledge exchange


  • 4 community based workshops on Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
  • 600 youth mobilised
  • 25 Youth REFLECT Facilitators trained
  • 7 Youth organisations supported with trainings
  • 1 Community engagement platform established (Norton Youth Indaba)

This entails:

  • Sanitation and hygiene awareness in schools
  • Participatory Health & Hygiene Education
  • School health club formation
  • Urban School WASH facilities rehabilitation
  • Distribution of Non-Food Items in response to outbreaks
  • Borehole and sanitation facilities rehabilitation
  • Deep well sinking for gardens


  • 13 School Health Masters/Mistresses trained
  • 10 School Health Clubs formed
  • 100 bins distributed
  • 5 schools had WASH facility rehabilitated
  • 10 schools reached with Global Handwashing Day campaign messages
  • 500 t-shirts distributed
  • NFI distribution in the whole of Mabvuku/Tafara targeting 35 000 households
  • 32 000 HH registered
  • 32 000 HH reached in door-to-door messaging
  • 60 youth trained as PHHE Promoters

This entails:

  • Ad hoc rapid assessment researches on youth empowerment
  • Baseline surveys for project implementation
  • Best practices knowledge sharing and information dissemination
  • Engagements with policy formulators to advocate for effective youth empowerment initiatives


  • Research conducted in 60 school and community based sites
  • 1 campaign song developed
  • 200 Audio discs distributed