MWAPE MWENYA, Chipata/Kalulushi
GOVERNMENT has disbursed K360,000 to 72 women clubs in Chipangali and Kasenengwa constituencies in Chipata, Eastern Province.
Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima said the funds are under the economic empowerment programme Government is implementing in various parts of the country.
Ms Kalima was speaking recently when she presented cheques worthy K5,000 to beneficiaries.
“Each club is getting K5,000, and Government expects you to utilise the funds prudently so as to fight poverty and contribute to the country`s economic growth, as well as ensure that children`s school fees are paid on time,” Ms Kalima said.
She said women are critical in the development of the nation and it is important to empower them.
“It has been proven that when women are given the freedom to reach their potential, communities thrive and nations develop,” she said.
She said gender imbalances can only be fought if women are treated as equal partners to men.
And speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Zikomo Women Club chairperson Tikambezi Banda of Chipangali constituency thanked Government for the gesture.
Ms Banda said the funds will be invested in the chicken rearing and farming projects.
“We will use the profit to pay for our children’s school fees and other household needs,” she said.
She said the organisation is composed of 17 women who will ensure that the funds are used for the intended purpose.
Meanwhile Government has empowered 11 women clubs in Kalulushi on the Copperbelt at a cost of K55,000.
Speaking at the handover of cheques, Ms Kalima urged women to realise their potential of contributing to economic growth.
Ms Kalima, who was represented by Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Auxillia Ponga said women require the right skills and adequate resources to achieve their potential.