Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Thursday disbursed cash to households around Chiponde Border in Mangochi to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 which has slowed down business.
The intervention is part of MRCS’s COVID-19 Response Project implemented in four border districts of Karonga, Ntcheu, Mangochi and Machinga where households are getting MK15,000 each to afford some basic needs for their families.
The project is targeting 3,150 households living in the border areas in the four districts, Programmes Coordinator for MRCS in Mangochi, Francis Liyati said.
“As we all know that with COVID-19 the levels of cross border travels have gone down and this has affected the small businesses that people around the borders do,” explained Liyati.
He added that the cash is a timely support that’ll enable the people to access basic needs during the time the pandemic has affected them.
MRCS is implementing the project with financial support from Danish Red Cross Plus and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), according to Liyati.
One of the beneficiaries, Aisha Amidu, described the financial support as timely saying she was struggling to feed her four children since her small-scale doughnuts business collapsed.
“The border had always been a good business base with the trucks parked awaiting clearance, my small business of doughnuts used to make good sales but not these days,” explained Amidu.
Director of Planning and Development for Mangochi District Council, Newton Munthali, commended the MRCS for the financial support while describing the MRCS as one of the most reliable partners in the district.
The identification of households was done through the council’s Unified Beneficiary Registry (UBR) which contains a categorized census of the district’s households
Source: MANA Online