MpingoEpicentre celebrates self-reliance

Blantyre, : Hunger Project Malawi has finally phased out its project after 15 years of service in ensuring that people’s livelihoods around Mpingo in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Somba in Blantyre were positively transformed.

The Area now has a health facility, maize bank and maize mill for income generation among others.

In addition, about 11, 000 people who were targeted for the project are now food secure because of farm input loans they obtained from the organization.

One of the Project’s beneficiaries, Dyson Asidi said his family is now food secure, attributing the success to interventions by Hunger Project.

He said that, I used to work in people’s farms to buy food since I could not afford even a bag of fertilizer. But since I took a farm input loan of two bags of fertilizer and 10 kilogrammes of maize seed from Hunger Project and with that support I managed to harvest 36 bags of maize.

Right now I am an independent farmer and I don’t need the loan any more. Additionally, Hunger Project taught me new farming methods that have also helped to boost my crop harvests. I am now a happy man because my family has enough food all year round.

Speaking during the handover celebration to the community on Tuesday, Project Hunger Chairperson, SimekinalaKaluzi said he was happy and relieved that the project which cost over US$ 8 million (an equivalent of K9.7 billion) had served its purpose of empowering the community.

We have proved to the world that it is possible to change peoples’ lives through such projects because we have witnessed the community transform positively over the years.

It is our hope that they will sustain the transformation for the better since they have already been empowered, he elaborated.

Kaluzi added that his organization would still be in touch with the community to monitor what is going on and provide support and guidance wherever necessary.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, KondwaniNankhumwa expressed satisfaction with the impact of the project and urged other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to emulate the gesture shown by Hunger Project.

Hunger Project has done a commendable job in cutting the poverty line among communities in the country. It is also the wish of government to reduce poverty. We obviously need such kind of key players to help us implement viable projects, he remarked.

Nankhumwa urged the community to ensure sustainability of the Epicentre so that it benefits future generations.

He assured the community of government’s support in uplifting their lives through the provision of social amenities.

On food security, farmers that accessed the farm inputs loans are supposed to pay back with nine bags of maize which is stored in the community maize banks and sold at a time the community needs the grain most at a fair price depending on the prevailing market prices.

Hunger Project empowered the community with food nutrition, women empowerment, village savings and loans as well as HIV and Aids among other activities.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA