Government sets 2015 as the year to half extreme poverty in the country
Gender and Child Development Deputy Minister, Esther Banda has disclosed that government has set 2015, as the year to half extreme poverty in the country.
And Mansa District Commissioner, Miriam Kauseni has observed that women in the district are hard working and engaged in viable business ventures aimed at supplementing government efforts in reducing poverty and increased household food security at household level.
Meanwhile, women in Mansa district have described their full participation in viable businesses as a clear demonstration of their desire to conquer poverty and food insecurity at household level.
ZANIS reports that Mrs Banda said government has formulated appropriate policies and measures aimed at eradicating extreme poverty by improving the livelihood of the people especially in rural areas where poverty is consistently higher.
She was speaking during the handover of assorted equipment and cheques to various women clubs in Mansa today as part of her continued four day visit to the province.
Mrs Banda who is on a four day tour of women clubs in Bahati and Mansa Central Constituencies is accompanied by Mansa District Commissioner, Miriam Kauseni and other senior officials from her ministry.
Various women clubs received hammer mills, Yenga Press Machines, Cheques, Chicks and other assorted equipment as part of the empowerment programme under the Ministry of Gender and Child Development.
And Mrs Banda who is also Chililabombwe Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament explained that government is aware of various challenges that women encounter in accessing suitable and profitable markets for their products.
The Deputy Minister reiterated that government is working closely with other stakeholders in addressing challenges that women and youths face when accessing credit and finance in their effort to develop their respective businesses.
She stated that it was for this reason that the government in line with its party manifesto seeks to create an enabling environment to promote the development of women in rural areas hence creating employment and wealth among the people.
Earlier, Mansa District Commissioner, Miriam Kauseni said women in the district are hard working and engaged in viable business ventures aimed at reducing poverty and increased household food security.
Mrs Kauseni further said women in the district have since organized themselves through formation of clubs, groups and cooperatives where they are involved in poultry, trading and tailoring among many other business ventures.
She has however noted that despite the women being innovative, they lack start-up capital, equipment and knowledge in entrepreneurship skills to sustain their businesses.
Speaking at the same function on behalf of other women clubs, Getrude Kalaba said the full participation of women in viable businesses is a clear testimony that they are eager to fight poverty and food security at household level.
Mrs Kalaba noted that government’s ambition of women empowerment programme will revamp their businesses that have remained stagnant due to lack of seed capital.
She has since appealed to government to seriously consider creating Sub-Bomas in outlying areas of the province in order to alleviate abject poverty among female headed households that are struggling to make ends meet.
Mrs Kalaba cited Matanda area as one of the most hit remote place when female headed households are finding into difficulty to look after their families.
She suggested that creation of Sub-Bomas and appointment of volunteer ambassadors in these outlying areas will bring government services closer to the people who are in dire need of social services.