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Men in Ck Flock to Mozambique for Survival

We are trying to improve people's livelihoods - Tcheza We are trying to improve people's livelihoods - Tcheza - pic by Christopher Sande

There are reports that hundreds of men in some villages under Chapananga in Chikwawa are flocking to Mozambique to seek alternatives for survival amid growing poverty levels.

Group Village Headman Gaga confirmed to Zodiak that this situation has left most women dumped without support thereby calling for implementation of sustainable social and economic empowerment interventions.

When we visited Chang'ambika, Chankhwalala and Gaga villages in Chapananga area which are very close to Mozambique, we observed how neglected people there are in terms of development.

Group Village Gaga said a lot of men are dumping their families and go to Mozambique to seek piece works leaving them with no support.

He is of the view that government and development partners should provide them with sustainable social and economic empowerment interventions including village savings and loans.

"We do not even have Village Savings and Loan, VSL groups here. Please help us so that these women should be empowered," said Group Village Head Gaga.

One of the women Moreen Yonasi from Chankhwalala suggested that  the establishment of modern irrigation facilities can help to ease the challenges they are facing considering that the area is dry with no running rivers, exposed to deforestation and some bush fires.

"I believe construction of irrigation facilities can assist to end our suffering," said Yonasi.

Chikwawa Director of Agriculture Donald Ghambi agreed that there is need to do more rural livelihood activities in the area as CICOD Jacqueline Tcheza says they have distributed goats for pass on, promoting modern farming technologies including agro ecology and water and sanitation to over 1200 households in Chapananga area.

"Under the Climate Challenge Program Malawi, we have been helping farmers in Chapananga to embrace agro ecology, distributing goats to households for pass on and enhancing domestic water supply," said Tcheza.

She thinks such interventions are making a positive change among communities.

Apart Chapananga, CICOD is also implementing its activities in Ndakwera, Ngabu and Ngowe.

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