Melody Jori

Cama Program Officer,
Camfed Association

Melody Jori is a driving force in Cama (Camfed Association), a pan-African network of nearly 8,000 young women leading economic and social transformation in their rural communities and empowering women across the region. Cama members are playing ground-breaking roles in many community structures and local initiatives. Ms. Jori joined Cama Zimbabwe in 2004, was elected Chairperson for the Wedza District, and served as Cama National Chairperson for over three years. During this time, she conducted trainings and mentored Cama leaders in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania, and represented Cama in national policy meetings. In addition, she played a key role in launching more than a dozen Mothers Support Groups—grassroots groups engaged alongside Camfed and Cama in rural areas providing support to orphans and vulnerable children and counseling them in school. Ms. Jori is also a successful entrepreneur who started a small business with support from the Seed Money Program, a microenterprise initiative run by and for young rural women in Cama. Ms. Jori is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Counseling from the Zimbabwe Open University. She holds diplomas from the MacMaine School of Commuting in Business Administration and Information Technology, and certificates from the Institute of Personnel Management of Zimbabwe in Human Resources Planning and Introduction to Personnel, Training, Labour, and Business; and in Supervisory and Management Skills from the Management Training Bureau of Zimbabwe.