Malawi government hails Kenya’s Trade bank, Alliance One

Government has commended Alliance One Tobacco Malawi and Trade Development Bank (TDB) of Kenya, after the two institutions jointly donated various relief items worth K75 million to people who were affected by cyclone Idai in Mangochi, in March this year.

Chimulirenji: Thanked Alliance One.-Photo by Abel Ikiloni, Mana

Vice President Everton Chimulirenji who is also responsible Minister for Disaster and Management Affairs expressed the gratitude during the official handover ceremony of the relief items held in Traditional Authority Chimwala in the district.

According to Chimulirenji, the donated relief items which included blankets, bags of maize, shovels and some kitchen utensils will help to alleviate the challenges which the 485 affected families have been facing since March this year, after their houses were destroyed by floods.

“Let me commend Trade and Development Bank of Kenya as well as Alliance One Tobacco Malawi for this timely donation of different relief items which will help the 485 families that were affected by the devastating floods to start living a better life like before,” said Chimulirenji.

The Malawi Vice President however urged other companies in the country to emulate the gesture shown by the two institutions by helping government in its efforts to improve the social economic development of different sectors of the country.

In his remarks, Alliance One Tobacco Malawi Limited Managing Director Hugh Saunders said his company in collaboration with TDB decided to donate the relief items as part of the two institutions joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program here in Malawi which mainly focuses on education, health, water and sanitation as well as climate change impact reduction programs among others.

He further added that the two companies’ assistance to the Mangochi based floods victims also follows Malawi government’s plea to both local and international organizations to come in and assist various families who were rendered homeless due to the devastating floods caused by cyclone Idai in March this year.

“Alliance One has had a long standing relationship with Trade and Development Bank which dates back to 2010 hence as a company we are very proud to partner them today in donating these relief items to floods victims here in Mangochi of which the majority are smallholder farmers,” said Saunders.

According to Saunders, each household has been given different relief items worth K155.000 as one way of allowing the beneficiaries to rebuild up their lives as well as improve food security in their families.

Speaking at the same function, TDB Director of Coverage Management Gloria Mamba said as a bank which mainly operates in various African countries including Malawi, her bank thought it wise to partner with Alliance One Tobacco Malawi to donate the relief items as one way of alleviating the challenges which the Mangochi flood victims have been facing since March this year.

“As a bank which is operating in different countries in Africa, we thought it wise that we should also come in and assist our Malawian brothers and sisters who were affected by Cyclone Idai that hit this country some few months ago,” said Mamba.

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