MARGARET CHISANGA, Kabwe
SUBSISTENCE farmers in Central Province are set to increase their farm produce through the ‘Making agriculture a business’ project recently launched in Kabwe by Christian Aid Zambia.
Christian Aid Zambia, working with Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), has launched the project to support women through community microcredit and savings groups, and to promote business skills and market value chains.
Kingsley Cheelo, Christian Aid’s programmes coordinator for economic empowerment, said the project aims to ensure beneficiaries acquire skills in business development and financial literacy
“Enterprises in rural areas tend to be small scale, unstructured and home-based with little opportunity for growth. However, through this project, many will acquire skills to develop into full scale business,” he said.
And CHAZ executive director Karen Sichinga said that her organisation was delighted that the project would support communities to turn their subsistence farming into profitable agro-industries.
“This project fits well with the work of CHAZ – promoting a holistic approach to livelihoods of our rural communities and contributing to economic development,” she said.