Matau Trade Center

Matau Trade Center is a vital business unit for boosting local economy and improving life long market skills needed by the community. Designed with an auctioning floor where produce is sold, it serves as the purchase point for bulk buyers, and will provide the grain, vegetables and other produce needed for the school canteen.

The Matau Trade Center serves as a focal point for meeting and training local farmers, and also houses artisans and traders who participate in the economic transformation of the community. Tererai Trent International Foundation also envision the Matau Trade Center as a place where recently graduated high school students can be apprenticed as artisans and learn a trade.

Matau Sun Bakery

Matau Sun Bakery is a start-up income-generating project that is intended to run as a for-profit bakery business out of the Matau Primary School Canteen. While some of the bakery products will find their way into the Matau Canteen to facilitate the feeding of more than 1,200 students daily, some of the bakery products will be sold to local businesses at a wholesale price. Once the bread has been produced using the sun’s energy, it will be immediately sold for cash. Bread is a major breakfast component and a staple in both rural and urban Zimbabwe. Presently, some Matau residents are traveling an average of 3 kilometers to buy bread because current deliveries made by the competition are not able to match demand. The market for these products consists mainly of the local business center, school staff and the local Matau population, who are already underserved and in need of the bakery products.

The Matau Sun Bakery will generate both rent and profits which can be ploughed back into the community to provide for the upkeep of the canteen, the repairs and maintenance that will be required for the school and capital for other income-generating projects. Zimbabwe is noted as one of the best destinations for solar projects in the whole world. This is an exciting project and can serve as a positive example for a country that has been struggling to provide sufficient energy for its population and industries.


The Sun Bakery is capable of saving over 150 tons of wood annually which results in the reduction of tons of CO2 green house gas emissions while random cutting of firewood for energy