Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation’s (Creccom) Enhancing Women’s and Girls’ Voices in Essential Services project (Wogives) has improved the livelihood of people in Traditional Authority Mkanda’s area in Mulanje District since it was initiated three years ago.
This was revealed during Creccom executive board members’ field day held in Group Village Headman Kukada on Saturday to appreciate the impact of the Wogives project on people’s lives.
Wogives project was initiated in Mulanje and Thyolo to to create opportunities in increasing the voice of women and girls in decision making, access to essential services such as health, education, water, agriculture and food security.
Creccom board chairperson Dr Grace Chiuye said she was impressed with the success story of the project especially on how the people in the Senior Chief Mkanda’s area have embrace the village bank scheme where they save and borrow to run their small scale business enterprises.
“It is great to hear and see the achievement that the Wogives project has helped to improve their lives,” Dr Chiuye said.
“As a board we are impressed so see for ourselves rather than just hearing from Creccom officers through paperwork.”
Speaking in an interview Creccom executive board member Senior Chief Kwataine also applauded the people for putting to good use the seed money that Creccom provided to set up the village bank as one of the component of the project to improve their livelihood.
“With little money Creccom gave them as seed money has grown bigger to improve to empower them economically,” Senior Chief Kwataine said.
Mulanje District Social Welfare Officer Robert Sawiche thanked Creccom for helping government to improve the social development of the people in the country through such projects.
One of the beneficiaries of the project Funny Magoli has helped her to boost her small scale business.
Magoli, one of the project’s success stories, applauded Creccom for initiating the project which has helped her boost her capital for her business.
She is a 44-year-old mother of six children said people in the area would continue implementing the project after coming to an end in March 2015.
Creccom Senior Project Officer Geoff Kamanga said the project sensitises, motivates and mobilises women to improve access to resources, essential services and reduction of harmful social cultural practices.
Kamanga also said project also advocates against factors which make them to vulnerable to gender-based violence, HIV/Aids and marginalise in decision making process.
He said the project was initiated with funding from Tili Tonse through Oxfam implemented in 200 villages in Traditional Authorities Mkanda, Nthiramanja, Chikumbu, Laston Njema, Mabuka and Juma in Mulanje while Nchilamwera, Khwethemule, Bvumbwe, Thomas and Kapichi are from Thyolo.
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