Flood Survivors Plead for Business Start-Up Capital
Some survivors of floods that have left thousands homeless in Salima are suggesting a business capital if they are to recover from the disaster shocks.
Elina Kalimba told Zodiak online on Sunday she lost almost everything and says if they can get something for business besides help for rebuilding their houses they can recover quickly other than relying on handouts from well-wishers and government.
She was speaking when a charity organisation Faizan Global Relief Foundation made a donation of assorted relief items to at least 1500 households affected by the disaster in the district.
"I lost almost everything and as we are talking I do not have a house, much as we still need relief items like food and perhaps support for shelter, a start-up capital will be ideal," said Kalimba
Member of Parliament for Salima Central Gerard Kapiseni Phiri concurred with the survivors and says will help lobby well-wishers and government to help out saying this is the only sustainable recovery way.
"You know some of these people were doing business and they have lost everything in their houses, they need capital so that they can recover because we will not afford to be giving them relief items for a long time," Kapiseni Phiri said.
He however commended Faizan Global Relief Foundation for the donation of assorted relief items to the survivors saying the people need a lot of support.
Faizan Global Relief Foundation donated relief items to 1500 households which according to the organization's head for Africa Muhhamed Usman Madani was in response to the appeal by a member of Parliament for the area in Parliament last week.
"We have been helping people in the lower Shire, and when we heard the member of parliament complaining in Parliament about the disaster we were moved hence this donation," Usman Madani said.
The organization's Executive Director Shahrukh Haroon has since said there is a growing need for stakeholders to also address other issues like support to the education sector for sustainability and self-reliance of the people.
The package comprises maize flour, sugar, salt, a plastic sheet among other things.