Illovo Supports Nchalo Women in Face Masks Production

Illovo staff presenting the dummy cheque to beneficiaries Illovo staff presenting the dummy cheque to beneficiaries - Pic courtesy of Illovo Sugar Malawi

Illovo Sugar Malawi has paid over K6.4 million in support of Nchalo Women Group towards production of face masks in an effort to empower them while curbing further spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the company says that the initiative targets its employees and their dependents.

The women group was given an order to produce 72 thousand face masks that they managed to produce and deliver in full.

“The company identified a local entrepreneurial women group specializing in tailoring and design known as DACCLA, which is an acronym that stands for David, Chikondi, Clara and Alinafe; based at Nchalo trading centre as one of the beneficiaries of this initiative.

“The group is led by Gloria Mang’anda and consists of 40 women aged between 18 to 60 years. It works as a cooperative,” reads the statement in part.

Leader of the group, Gloria Mang’anda, expressed her gratitude for being given the work after the payout.

The company’s secretary, legal and corporate affairs head, Maureen Kachingwe said that the payment is a symbol of commitment in empowering the communities they work in.

“We are proud to see how this payment has created new opportunities for the different women in the group, this is a true reflection of what we aim to achieve in support of our communities.”

In July this year, the company announced its intention to spend K45 million towards production of face masks.

The company identified women groups located in communities surrounding its operations in Nchalo and Dwangwa.

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