Over 17 thousand ultra-poor people from Kasungu district under the social cash transfer programme can now afford a smile as the World Bank has now pumped in extra money to the traditional 8 thousand kwacha monthly upkeep.
The government of Malawi with support from development partners has since 2006 been running the Social cash transfer project to support Ultra Poor households.
And in Kasungu district the beneficiaries are now getting extra 5 thousand Kwacha on top of the monthly 8 thousand kwacha allocation courtesy of World Bank.
Further to that the beneficiaries are also getting 12 tablets of hand washing soap courtesy of GIZ.
This is part of Covid-19 response.
Speaking to MIJ Online, Victor Williams Nyirenda-Principal Social Warfare Officer for Kasungu district said the additional 5 thousand Kwacha which World Bank is paying has come at the right time as most beneficiaries are currently purchasing farm inputs.
‘'You know this is an agro based economy district as such people heavily rely on Agriculture for survival so this money will go a long way in assisting them purchase farm inputs’', said Nyirenda.
Nyirenda has since the beneficiaries to put the money into good use.
'‘I know some might get excited and spend the money on luxuries like beer but it’s my humble appeal to them to fully utilise the money’', said Nyirenda.
And on his part 77 year old Lameck Banda from Matako Village in the area of Traditional Authority Lukwa who has been a beneficiary of the Social Cash Transfer Project since August 2017 said the extra has at the right time.
‘'Since I was enrolled on this project I have been able to start rearing pigs, renovate my house which was in a dilapidated state and for World Bank to add an extra 5 thousand kwacha to our initially monthly upkeep this is surely good news which could not have come at any better time than this'’, said an excited looking Banda.
According to Banda he will use part of the money in procuring household groceries while the rest will be invested in his pig farming business.
The Malawi Social Cash Transfer project started in 2006 in Mchinji district as a pilot providing cash grants to ultra-poor households that are at the same time labour constrained with an objective of reducing poverty and hunger and improving health and nutrition status in vulnerable households.
Currently, the project is being implemented across Malawi’s 28 districts with support from over 5 international organisations and countries that include European Union, World Bank, Unicef, GIZ and Irish Government.
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