The Farmers Association of Community self-Help Investment group (FACHIG) is registered grass roots based member organisation founded in 1999 as a Household Agricultural Sector Support Programme (HASP), with financial support endorsed in a bilateral international agreement between the government of Denmark and Zimbabwe. The funding was for HASP to undertake a pilot rural development project, over a period of seven years in, Rushinga, Mt Darwin, Muzarabani and Guruve districts of Mashonaland Central. Most unfortunate for FACHIG, in year 2001, the relations between the governments of Zimbabwe and Denmark deteriorated ultimately leading to closure of the Danish Embassy in Harare, the cessation of all bilateral agreements and subsequently, termination of the grant to FACHIG. Programme coordination by DANIDA continued until may 2002.
In 2003 FACHIG entered into partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and later in 2004 with Oxfam-Novib Netherlands. Recently, the organisation received a four year (2007-2010) funding grant from the EU to expand its farmer development programmes. Currently FACHIG is operating in its usual four districts of Mashonaland Central namely Rushinga, Mt Darwin, Muzarabani and Guruve. Current membership stands at 12666 with 73% being women and 27% men. These are organised into 1100 Investment groups (IGs). The IGs are regrouped into 24 Community self-Help Investment Groups (CHIGs) across the four districts. The Annual Board is made up of the 24 CHIG chairpersons, among which 9 people are elected to act as the Management Board