Government says it has embarked on a Girls Education and Women’s Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project to help reduce poverty in the country.
Community Development and Social Welfare Permanent Secretary Reverend Howard Sikwela says in the GEWEL project 75,000 women will be empowered countrywide wide.
Rev, Sikwela says in Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt , for example , 720 women under phase one were currently undergoing
training on how to manage their businesses.
He explained that each of the 720 women will be given a minimum of K2, 000. 00 at the end of the training as star- ups for their businesses.
Community Development Permanent Secretary Reverend Howard Sikwela said this yesterday when he visited Lufwanyama district on the Copperbelt Province to assess the progress of the first phase of the project.
And Lufwanyama district Commissioner Miniver Mtesa explained that the GEWEL project will improve the livelihood of the women of Lufwanyama district whom she said were among those topping the list of those living in abject poverty.
Through GEWEL project government is offering various skills such as : context-specific training, mentoring, peer support, provision of productivity grants and help with setting up savings clubs.