Malawi Rolls Out MK20.9 Billion Covid-19 Social Cash Transfer

Malawi Rolls Out MK20.9 Billion Covid-19 Social Cash Transfer

A 56-year-old widow based in Mtsiliza’s residential area in Lilongwe is amongst 199,640 households who are benefiting from K20.9 billion, the government of Malawi and its partners are implementing in the country's major cities.

Loyce Chipeta told Zodiak Online that she has been greatly affected by the impact of Covid-19 pandemic as she has been failing to fend for three orphans she is living with.

"Today, the government has given me this money. I am intending to invest in a small business to make a living with the children of my late sister,” said after cashing out her money from a service money provider, in Lilongwe.

Vulnerable urban households from the cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Blantyre, and Zomba are receiving the money to reduce social impacts of Covid-19.

The households are pocketing K35,000 per month for three months starting from January 2021.

Director of Poverty Reduction and Social Protection, Patricia Zimpita says the programme has started on a good note.

"So far, we have not received any complaints from our beneficiaries. But, those with issues can call TNM 105 OR Airtel on 121. And we also have a toll-free number 351,” said Zimpita.

The initiative is being implemented with financial support from the World Bank, European Union, Governments of German and Irish, ILO, WFP and UNICEF.

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