Rosemary Cumanzala
Empowering rural women to improve their socio-economic realities
University of Sussex
Social Sciences
  • Rosemary was born and raised in the rural Binga District of Zimbabwe
  • She was awarded a Canon Collins Scholarship in 2007, and completed an MA in Gender and Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
  • After graduation, Rosemary returned to her home district and established Zubo Trust, an organisation that promotes the advancement of rural women and girls in Binga.
  • Zubo Trust broke new ground in 2011 by enabling rural women to venture into fish farming, a previously male dominated space.
  • Rosemary is now primarily concerned with promoting sustainable access to, and exploitation of, natural resources in the District.
Greatest achievement: 

Establishing an organization that pioneered access for rural women into previously off limits areas.

Professional interests: 

Enabling rural women to realize their socio-economic 'dreams' through promoting access to, and providing education about the sustainable use of natural resources.

Current occupation: 
Executive Director of Zubo Trust