Tuesday, March 25, 2014

'PF determined to end poverty'
By Misheck Wangwe in Chingola
Mon 16 Dec. 2013, 14:00 CAT

CHINGOLA district commissioner George Sichula says the PF government will always support women groups that have initiated progressive ideas of ending poverty in communities.

Speaking on Saturday when he presented cheques amounting to K139,181 to 14 women clubs in Chingola at Nakatindi Primary School, Sichula said the women that had received funding must work hard, graduate and allow their business ventures to grow.

He said it would be improper to continue funding the same groups without growth.

"The money you have received should be a stepping stone to your growth, we are giving you better capital for you to become good business executives to augment and penetrate the market. Women clubs are a very important component of our society and community at large and as such, we must at time recognise their efforts as partners in development. Government, through the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health, has a mandate to alleviate the suffering of the poor and empower the most vulnerable in the communities," Sichula said.

He said the government had come up with deliberate programmes for women at lowest community level aimed at dealing with their plight.

Sichula said of the 165 women clubs in the district, 91 have been funded and 10 received K90,000 worth of cheques last month, an indication that the government was seriously committed to empowering all women clubs in the district.

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