This one and half paged case study highlights how influential lobbying and advocacy by ordinary citizens can be to the national resource allocation. During the project implementation period, ZWRCN accelerated its drive to establish sustainable advocacy and lobbying structures at community level. This was done through the establishment of Gender Budgeting Action Committees in all the six pilot districts. These budget action committees are composed of representatives from various community groups such as Women’s organisations, Resident’s Associations, People with Disability, Consumer Action Clubs, the Youth, the Elderly, People Living with HIV, Women in Informal Business, Religious Groups and churches. The story below illustrates the experience of Stephen Dube, a member of the Bulawayo Gender Budgeting Action Committee, representing the elderly.