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First Lady gives Mpika women hope

MAPALO LUPUPA, Mpika
FIRST Lady Esther Lungu has assured women in Mpika that Government, through the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, will address challenges being faced by the underprivileged, differently-abled and girls.
Mrs Lungu said this during an interaction with women entrepreneurs at Mpika Boys Secondary School yesterday.
The First Lady was accompanied by deputy minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Josephine Limata, Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe and Mpika Central Member of Parliament Mwansa Kapeya.
Mrs Lungu called on women to work together to alleviate poverty and other challenges society faces.
And Ms Limata said her ministry is committed to uplifting living standards of people in Mpika.
She said women are part of the development achievements in the country through their contributions.
Mpika District Women’s Association chairperson Petronella Kaloti commended Government for supporting 12 women’s clubs with grants amounting to K97,342 in the first quarter of 2015.
Ms Kaloti said the empowerment of women’s clubs in the area has started bearing fruit at community level.
She commended Government for introducing the village banking micro-scheme.
Ms Kaloti said the programme has proved to be one of the most sustainable ways of supporting women.
She said empowerment of vulnerable groups is important because women are beacons of peace and sustainable development.
Ms Kaloti also appealed to the ministry to speed up the registration process of women’s clubs to give the concerned people the legal backing.
She said women need help because they face various challenges in raising sufficient capital to finance their businesses while some lack skills.