Govt distributes cheques, ploughs to East women

The Ministry of Gender and Child Development will this week distribute 28 cheques worth K127, 000 to women clubs in four districts of Eastern Province.

The ministry would also distribute 31 ploughs to women clubs in Chipata, Chadiza, Katete, Petauke, Nyimba and Vubwi districts.

Gender and Child Development Director of Social and Legal Affairs, Simon Kapilima, revealed this when he called on Eastern Province permanent secretary, Chileshe Mulenga, in Chipata on Saturday.

Mr Kapilima said the resources were aimed at helping communities, especially women, uplift the lives by engaging in Income generating activities.

He stated that the cash and ploughs were aimed at enabling the women clubs engage in lucrative ventures.

He said his ministry would also give a hammer mill and an oil expeller to women’s clubs in Vubwi and Chadiza respectively.

Dr Mulenga commended government for empowering women saying the programme would empower the beneficiary women.

He stressed the need to strengthen sensitisation on the utilisation of the resources.

Dr Mulenga appealed to the ministry to partner with other stakeholders to enhance the programme and incorporate literacy and human rights programmes for the local people to get more benefits from the programme.

He noted that the programme had helped alleviate poverty among people in communities as a number of them were able to make ends meet as they engaged in lucrative businesses.

Dr Mulenga observed that the women empowerment programme had done better than the youth empowerment programme because it was helping expand the economy of the province through farming as the beneficiaries made good use of the extension message in the growth of the agricultural sector.

“When you focus on sustainable ventures such as agriculture, you make more profits. It is money spent well because it makes a difference in the lives of the beneficiaries,” he said.

He noted that government had continued to empower both men and women and stated that it should be made clear that man could not take the lead on this particular empowerment programme.

“People should be made to understand that there are a number of empowerment programmes for all people though women take the lead in this particular programme,” he said.