Government dispenses K228 million to social cash transfer beneficiaries in Karonga

Karonga: Government, with financial support from the World Bank, has dispensed over K228 million to Karonga District Council which will benefit 8 024 ultra-poor households through the program in the district.

Speaking Saturday during payment of the money to beneficiaries in Traditional Authority Mwakaboko in the district, Chief Social Welfare Officer in the Ministry of Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Martha Chiwanda advised the beneficiaries to use the money prudently for improved livelihoods.

We were supposed to start disbursing the money to the program beneficiaries in March, 2018, but we delayed due to logistical and documentation issues, said Chiwanda as she apologized for the delayed disbursement of the money.

She said the program targets ultra-poor and labour constrained households as a safety- net intervention in reducing poverty and hunger.

Issues of health, nutrition, protection and well being of the vulnerable children are also taken care through the program and therefore, I am optimistic that the money will serve its intended purpose despite the delay, she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Rahalili Nangonde 79, thanked government for introducing the program, saying it serves as catalyst in transforming people’s lives.

I am thankful as I know from today onwards, my life will not be the same. I will have food to eat and will soon have a better house, she said.

Depending on the magnitude of poverty and size of a household, the highest amount which a household gets is K78, 000 and K20, 600 as the lowest.

Malawi Government in conjunction with other partners embarked on the Social Cash Transfer Programme in Mchinji in 2006 on a pilot phase and the programme is now extended to about 20 districts with 319,000 benefiting households across the country.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA