Invest Cash Transfer and Lean Season Money
Social Cash Transfer and Lean Season beneficiaries in Neno district have been urged to use the money received for economic growth, saying the initiative is not for eternity.
The District's Social Cash Transfer Officer Zindaba Kachingwe said this on Thursday at Lisungwi ground, in the area of Senior Chief Symon where he also appealed to the beneficiaries to invest the money and emancipate from the culture of handouts.
He said that "these funds you are receiving today won't be there tomorrow, so please utilise it wisely for your household economic growth."
Kachingwe further warned the beneficiaries that donor money should not be taken as a habitual benefit, saying world events are forcing donors to revisit their budgets and priorities.
"The donor community is facing a lot of challenges ranging from wars, rise in global commodity and these pandemics, so they might not there their forever," he said.
Two beneficiaries of the two initiatives Rodah Chisulo and Alick Bismoni, both from Symon village 2, hailed the European Union and the World Bank saying they will be able to use the money in buying farm inputs for winter cropping.
Chisulo told us that her area of Senior Chief Symon usually experience drought due to dry spells hence her desire to use the money in buying farm inputs for winter cropping using the Lisungwi all season river.
The Cash Transfer is for the months of February and March where each household is receiving varying amounts of money depending on household needs while the Lean Season has a fixed cash amount of K75 thousand.
The Lean Season program is being iplemented now as the beneficiaries failed to access their money last year.
The two programs which are designed to bail out the ultra poor households are being implemented in all the four Traditional Authorities of the district.