First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has urged various companies in the country to exercise their corporate social responsibility in order to help alleviate poverty among Zambian societies.

Mrs. Mwanawasa says companies have a moral obligation of helping government to
uplift the living standards of people in the country by ploughing back their profits
into the communities where they operate from.

Mrs. Mwanawasa said this at State House today when Self Reliance Encouragement
Charitable Trust donated 30 bails of second hand clothes, 100 bags of hygiene kits
worth of K20 million to the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI).

Foam and Furniture Kings also donated 30 mattresses, 50 sponge foams and furniture
valued at K12 million to MMCI.

She said by ploughing back their profits to the communities, Zambian companies would
be contributing to the development of the country.

She further urged investors to take advantage of the prevailing good economic
policies by investing towards the development of the Zambia.

Mrs Mwanawasa said the good micro-economic policies which government has put in
place have created an enabling business environment, adding that this has played an
important role in promoting development in the country.

She also commended Self Reliance Encouragement Charitable Trust, Foam King and Furn
King for donating to the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI).

Mrs Mwanawasa said it was pleasing to see many Zambian companies using MMCI as a
conduit of reaching many vulnerable people in society.

At the same function, Self Reliance Encouragement Charitable Trust Member Sharad Oza
said his organisation was committed to partner with government in reducing poverty
free society.

He also observed that if government exploited Zambia’s abundance natural resources,
it would significantly contribute to nation economy.

And Foam King Production Manager Michael Nyagope said his company would remain
determined to contribute to Zambia’s national development agenda and to the improved
standard of living of Zambians.

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