Lilongwe, In an effort to empower young women and parents to be self-reliant, Grace Foundation on Thursday donated four sewing machines to each woman from Traditional Authority (TA) Tsabango at Kaphiri in Lilongwe.
Among the beneficiaries were Rhodah Kamuzu, 24, from Ngongola village, Sibongile Kambalame, 22, from Katantha village, Esnart Dickson, 38, from Tumbwe and Joyce Davison from Phwetekele villages.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Chairperson for the organization, Diana Winga said the donation was made to achieve their aim of improving the welfare of vulnerable single women.
We empower single women and guardians who are taking care of orphans and vulnerable children economically to sustain them, he said.
She added that as an organization, they also provide them with business and tailoring capacity building knowledge and skills through lessons so that they can become entrepreneurs who can ably support themselves.
In a separate interview, Ngongonda village head (VG) asked the beneficiaries to use the donation properly rather than selling it.
If we discover that someone has sold or misused the donation, we will not include her in other local development resource reliefs done by other organizations in her village, Ngongonda village warned.
Ngongonda urged other organizations to learn from the gesture shown by Grace Foundation by coming forward to assist the needy women.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Esnart Dickson expressed gratitude to the organization saying she will now be able to make money on her own without depending much on her husband.
We had experience in sewing and designing clothes but we had no machines to put the skills into practice but these machines will help us open our tailing shops and create employment for others, she said.
She added that they will ensure that they use the donation appropriately so that it lasts longer and transform their lives.
On another note, Grace Foundation is planning to build houses for the elderly, vulnerable people and also provide scholarships to underprivileged students in some areas within Lilongwe district as one way of keeping children in school according to Programs Manager for the organization, Watson Kulinji.
He added that they will also visit various primary and secondary schools across the country to inspire them with assorted items such as writing materials besides giving them with school fees and encouraging the children to work hard in school.
Grace Foundation is a Lilongwe based non-governmental organization that was founded in 2016 to assist the needy, including the elderly.
Source: MANA Online