MWAPE MWENYA, Lufwanyama
GOVERNMENT has empowered 451 women with K2,000 each towards the Girls Education Women Empowerment Livelihood (GEWEL) being implemented in various districts.
The programme is targeting 75,000 women in 51 districts who are vulnerable.
Speaking on behalf of 35 women who have benefited from the programme in Lufwanyama district, Joyce Kapeta praised Government for the gesture, stating that the funds will go a long way in alleviating poverty at household and community level.
Ms Kapeta was speaking last week when Ministry of Gender permanent secretary Felix Phiri paid a courtesy call on the women.
“This government is concerned about our sufferings. We are very grateful for what it is doing for women. We are very grateful to President Lungu and his government,” Ms Kapeta said.
The women have also been empowered with mobile phones to enable them use online money transactions.
Ms Kapeta said it is the first time that some women will be owning mobile phones and also knowing how to transact online.
“We are very happy to own these phones. Apart from money transactions, we will be communicating with our relatives living in distant places and our customers,” she said.
And Dr Phiri said Government does not want to leave anyone behind in development.
He said Government will work towards improving vulnerable but viable communities with much-needed development.
He said women should endeavour to work hard and support their families as well as pay for their children’s school fees.
Dr Phiri said women should also take part in fighting early marriages and teenage pregnancies.