A Qualitative study on the livelihoods of people with disabilities in ward 12 of Mrehwa District
The study was conducted in Mrehwa district in Mashonaland East. The study targeted people with disabilities in Ward 12 of Mrehwa District. The research aimed at exploring the livelihoods for people with disabilities, the challenges they face and the response of the government to the socioeconomic challenges faced by people with disabilities. The study employed qualitative research design, semi-structured interviews to understand the livelihood status of people with disabilities in ward 12 of Mrehwa district. Snow balling sampling technique was employed in the sampling of respondents. The study found that agriculture is the major activity done in the rural areas by people with disabilities due to the availability of natural assets like water and land. The research also found that there are some other livelihoods utilised by people with disabilities which are apart from farming like vending, shoe repairing and poultry production. The research also unearthed various challenges that are being faced by the people with disabilities. The study found that people with disabilities faced the problem of limited access to education and health facilities and services. The study also found that poverty is one of the major hindrances that have caused people with disabilities fail to access health services and education, and that has caused people with disabilities failing to purchase the assistive devices they may need. Structural barriers, labelling, stigma and discrimination were also noted among the challenges faced by people with disabilities.