CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
PHILANTHROPIST and entrepreneur Teddy Kalimanshi will next month empower 55 vulnerable women from Misisi township in Lusaka with sewing machines and groceries worth over K160,000.
The 55 women will receive the empowerment after successfully undergoing an intense tailoring and entrepreneurship course conducted by Mr Kalimanshi’s A Cry of an Orphan Home (ACAH) tailoring and entrepreneurship school.
ACAH is a charity organisation, which supports over 1,500 vulnerable children and intends to reach out to 500,000 vulnerable women countrywide.
Mr Kalimanshi said in an interview that he is happy that 55 women aged between 20 and 65 successfully graduated with certificates in tailoring and entrepreneurship.
He said this on Friday during the graduation and award presentation for the women.
“Now that they have graduated, I will empower them with 40 sewing machines so that they can start the tailoring business.
“I will also provide them 20 bags of 25kgs of flour, 20 containers of cooking oil, 30 pots, and 20 bags of mealie meal, so that they can start selling the products. The total cost of the items to be provided is K165,000,” Mr Kalimanshi said.
He has already started buying the goods, which are expected to be delivered to the women by September this year.
And Families are Nations founder Judith Mwila urged the women to continue working hard and never undermine themselves.
Ms Mwila advised the women to use their knowledge and skills acquired to be economically independent.
And in a vote of thanks, Sarah Nkhoma, one of the graduates, thanked Mr Kalimanshi for his untiring effort to empower vulnerable women and children in Misisi township, where ACAH is also sponsoring vulnerable children.
At the same event, ACAH awarded Magoba ward councillor Buumba Malambo and Nkoloma ward councillor Tasila Lungu for using their leadership to empower women and children.