Luapula constituency Lawmaker who is also the Minister for Community development and Social Welfare, Hon. Emerine Kabanshi has stated that Government through her Ministry has targeted 75 000 women in 51 districts across the country to be trained in entrepreneurial skills and mentorship programs after which they will be empowered with K2000 each as seed money to start their businesses.
The Minister was speaking this morning on the PF Interactive Forum platform were she took time to highlight and explain which empowerment programs her Ministry was running through the social cash tranfer scheme.
” We are going to spend about K360, 000, 000 on the women because we know that when you invest in a woman, then you are assured that the household, the community and the Nation are secure.” She said.
She stated that under the Jewel program girls had also been targeted because the risk of an uneducated girl Child was that of early marriage among others.
” We might loose them through premature death and some of them might suffer from fistula, a condition which is very expensive to treat and they wont even be good mothers if they get married and have children too early.” She said.
She stated that as Government, they had targeted about 14,000 girls in 16 districts, that they were going to empower by paying school fees for them and providing them with other necessities.
” The longer you keep a girl child in school, the more the GDP of a country also grows.
And Hon. Kabanshi paid glowing tribute to His Excellency President Edgar Lungu for placing a lot of value in ensuring that the poor and marginalised were taken care of in the nation through the Social Cash Transfer Program.
His Excellency President Lungu Loves the poor people and wants to ensure that their standard of living is elevated and that is why Social Cash transfer Scheme has been given priority by the PF government as opposed to other government’s like the MMD which frowned upon the program with the notion that it would promote laziness.” She said.
She stated that the vision of the PF was to ensure that money was put in peoples pockets and an enabling environment created for business to thrive, in the process alleviating poverty in the nation.