LINDA NYONDO, Chongwe
TIWINE Cooperative of Chongwe has appealed to Government to for funding to enable the organisation reach out to as many vulnerable women as possible within Chongwe.
Chairperson of the group Eveness Mvula said once the group receives financial support, the 76 women will be able to expand their seed growing project.
She said the women were able to boost their seed growing business in 2016 when they received funding amounting to K9,665 from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“Tiwine Cooperative is a seed grower group; we share the seed among the members who are expected to give 10 percent of the proceeds from the harvest back to the group.
We also help vulnerable women with seed to help them start farming,’’ Ms Mvula said.
She said the living standards of most women who are members of the cooperative improved because they are able to generate an income to sustain their families.
Ms Mvula said prior to the formation of the group, most of the members were struggling to sustain their families.
She said the women decided to form the cooperative to help struggling women start up something that will improve their livelihood.
Ms Mvula said members of the group no longer struggle to provide for their families because they use proceeds from the sale of farm products.
She said the women have also been trained on how to preserve and store vegetables, adding that the group also makes peanut butter and jam which they sell with the proceeds being shared among group members.
She said the group hopes to increase its membership so that more women are empowered.