WORLD Bank has given the Zambian government a loan of US$ 65 million dollars about K624 million to support the Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project which will be implemented in selected districts in the country.
Ministry of Community Mother and Child Development Principal Information Communications Officer Weka Banda said the money would go towards the implementation of the five year project.
Ms Banda said in Choma during the GEWEL inception meeting that the project which had already started would alleviate poverty among the women in the country.
“The World Bank has given Zambia a loan to support women through grants and to also pay schools fees for secondary school for vulnerable girls,” she said.
She said the GEWEL project would be implemented in 51 districts in all the 10 provinces that had not benefited from the village banking facility.
The Ministry of Community Development was working with two other Ministries which are Ministry of General Education and the Ministry of Gender in the implementation of the project.
She said the government decided to target the women because they were the most affected with poverty hence the GEWEL project.
“Women are more hit by poverty and to help to the vulnerable girls to who most of the time remains at home while the boy child is taken to school,” she said.
The aim of the project was to reduce poverty and vulnerability and it was expected to benefit about 75,000 women in 51 districts in the country and 14, 000 female pupils who were at Secondary schools.
The GEWEL project has three components which are Supporting Women Livelihood (SWL), Keeping Girls in School (KGS), Institutional Strengthening and Systems Building (ISSB).