Government is concerned with the increased rates of defaulters among the beneficiaries of the village banking soft loan program in Kapiri Mposhi District.
The village banking program which is aimed at empowering women economically through soft loans is being implemented by the Department of Community Development in the district with about 200 beneficiaries since it was launched in 2014.
The soft loans are aimed at boosting business activities and empowering the vulnerable women engaged in Small Medium Enterprises -SME- in the area.
District Community Development Officer, Priscilla Mangowanyi, is disappointed that some beneficiary women are not paying back the money.
Ms. Mangowanyi said the trend has negatively impacted the program as other women were denied accessing the money to engage in entrepreneurial activities to improve their living standards.
She said this during the 2016 fourth Quarterly District Development Coordinating Committee Meeting.
Ms. Mangowanyi urged the beneficiary women to pay back the money to enable others access the facility.