Neno SCT Beneficiaries Urged to Invest

Nawasha asked the beneficiaries to invest the money Nawasha asked the beneficiaries to invest the money - pic by Salome Gangire

A total of 2006 beneficiaries of Social Cash Transfer Programme in Neno district have be urged to use the money prudently to become self-reliant and graduate to economic independence.

The call has been made today by Neno District Commissioner Rosemary Nawasha who also mentored the beneficiaries to use the money not only in purchasing food, but also invest in Village Savings and Loans Groups.

She said that the money being used in the programme is meant to alleviate the plight of the ultra-poor families hence asking the chosen beneficiaries to use it to its fullest potential.

The DC said that "it is the government's wish to see these people transitioning from poverty to prosperity and am glad that we are achieving that purpose".

Nawasha further asked the beneficiaries around the district to also grow a mind of investing, saying they can easily multiply the money by involving themselves in Village Savings and Loans Groups to earn interests.

Echoing the DC's voice, Hanna Ndipo, a beneficiary from Ngwenyama village under Senior Chief Symon said she ventured into livestock farming using the money and her life is transforming.

She told Zodiak Online that, she purchased pigs using the money and she is now enjoying the fruits as she is able to sustain her family and is ready to become independent of the programme.

"I bought pigs and chickens and now are enjoying the wages. Am about to graduate from this programme to pave way for others to enjoy and am asking my fellow beneficiaries to use the money wisely so that we beat poverty together," said the smiling Luwanika.

Another beneficiary from the same village Maxford Luwanika says life would have been tough without the money and he has used some to buy farm inputs to attain food sufficiency in the 2023/24 farming season.

The beneficiaries have also been asked to work hard in their fields during this rainy season to achieve food security and ensure that the money is not negatively affecting their families.

Government is giving out the cash to ultra-poor and labour constrained families to help them graduate from their state and become productive citizens, ready to help Malawi achieve its Mw2063 economic blueprint.

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