Govt and Donors Hike Social Cash Transfer
The government, in conjunction with donors supporting the social protection interventions has revised upwards cash transfer amounts with 57 percent and on average a beneficiary will be receiving a minimum of about K17,000, up from K9,500.
While commending some beneficiaries for their prudent use of the money, Gender and Social Welfare Principal Secretary, Roselyn Makhumula, said the adjustment of the funds will align with the recent devaluation, and inflation levels.
Makhumula said Tuesday that the government impressed that the program is reducing poverty and hunger among the ultra-poor and labor-constrained households.
Makhumula disclosed this on Tuesday in Sub-Traditional Maggie in Thyolo after visiting some beneficiaries.
"We had a discussion with our donors that we should increase the transfer levels to the beneficiaries because of rising cost of commodities on the market and that was agreed. We reached this agreement towards the end of 2023 so this year that is going to be effected," she said.
From 2013, the KFW, World Bank, Irish Aid and European Union have been supporting the program in 27 districts while the Malawi government supports Thyolo district through the electronic payments.
A beneficiary, Frank Losani has hailed the upward adjustment as he is now able to support his family of four.
While Elizabeti Chamasowa and Ellen Malikha from Gilioti village, Sub-Traditional Maggie in Thyolo attested that through the program, they bought goats and constructed a house respectively.
Currently, 16, 300 households from all 27 T/As of Thyolo district are benefitting in the program.