By Horace Tebulo

DEDZA-(MaraviPost)-Action Aid Malawi says it is committed to improving livelihoods of rural women by among others ensuring that they have improved economic income.

Action Aid Central regional cluster manager Wongani Mugaba made the remarks on the sidelines of a MK4 million livestock pass on scheme targeting 225 women from Traditional Authority (T.A) Kasumbu in Dedza district.

Mugaba said women need to be empowered economically saying it enables their potential to make decisions in matters affecting their livelihoods.

“As one way of making sure that women in rural areas have improved economic income, we promote farming and specifically this time we have added the component of pass on scheme. This scheme is crucial because it will ensure women have diversified farming which will make them independent economically,” said Mugaba.

He added that the scheme is key to ending cases of gender based violence which are reportedly on the increase in the area.

“As Action Aid, we also look at issues of gender based violence so we are hopeful that through this initiative our women will be able to make decisions in their families and be able to report cases of to relevant authorities,” he added.

In her remarks, Dedza District Gender Development Officer Lisnet Kathyole urged beneficiaries to own the project in order for them to sustain fruits of the initiative to the future generation.

“We understand that Action Aid is implementing the project for two years, and after that they will go. I would therefore like to ask the beneficiaries and everyone in this area to work collectively so that the project becomes long lasting,” said Kathyole.

Action Aid Malawi purchased a total of 45 goats and women from nine Village Development Committees (VDCs),Traditional Authority (T.A) Kasumbu are expected to benefit from the scheme.

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