4, 050 vulnerable households benefit from cash transfers in Mwanza

Mwanza: Vulnerable households in Mwanza have each been given K26, 000 cash to buy food items for the next two months by Save the Children in a bid to address food challenges they were facing under its programme called Emergency Cash Transfer.

Each household has been given K13, 000 per month from February and March amounting to K26, 000 for purposes of buying two 50 kilogrammes bags of maize, 10 kilogrammes of beans and four litres of cooking oil and salt.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Wednesday during the cash disbursement exercise in the district, District Commissioner for Mwanza Humphrey Gondwe said the cash disbursed would assist beneficiaries to access food for their households.

This is a relief to the beneficiaries because they had no food since their maize crops wilted before tussling due to the dry spell experienced sometime in the agricultural season, he said.

Gondwe urged beneficiaries of the cash transfers to use the money prudently in show of appreciation to the gesture by Save the Children and not use the money for other purposes.

The DC commended Save the Children for the support and called upon other partner organizations in the district to emulate Save the Children’s example by supporting other vulnerable people in the district.

This assistance which is for two months only is not enough to cater for the needs of the beneficiary households until winter cropping harvest as the period is still too long, Gondwe pointed out.

A beneficiary Ever Beni, 90, from Govati Village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Govati expressed excitement for the money, saying that she will now be able to buy food.

I don’t grow and harvest enough to feed myself throughout the year due to my old age and I have nobody to assist me, he said, commending her community members for including her on the list of beneficiaries for the programme.

Disaster Risk Reduction Desk Officer for Mwanza, Drake Chiningwa earlier this year sounded an SOS, calling on organisations and individuals to assist vulnerable people with relief food considering that most farmers’ crops had wilted as a result of the dry spell that hit most parts of the district.

A total of 4, 020 household beneficiaries out of whom 3, 275 are female headed were targeted to benefit from the five month programme in the district.

In the next three months the beneficiaries will be given sweet potato vines and cassava cutting as one way of boosting food security to cushion any possibility of food insecurity.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA