NGO saluted for providing financial boost to support group

Chikwawa, Namavu Support Group under Development Initiative Network (DIN) Malawi in Chikwawa has hailed the organization for providing it with sustainable means of living.

Namavu Support Group comprising 30 members operating in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mulilima in the district is basically for people living with HIV and AIDS.

According to reports from members of the group, the March 2019 devastating floods affected the group with others having their crops washed away and their houses destroyed.

Secretary for Namavu Support Group, Alice Nsabwe said on Sunday that when DIN Malawi provided a cash handout of K100, 000 to help boost their village savings and loans (VSLs) initiative.

The money will really help us; it will benefit us as we will boost our VSLs. The money will also help us recover from the March 2019 devastating floods which washed away our crops and destroyed some of our houses, she pointed out.

Nsabwe added that, We will sit down and discuss on the way forward with the money and I am sure it will boost our savings and whatever activity we will discuss as a group.

The Secretary said apart from doing VSL, the group also meets to remind on need to adhere to advice from the hospital on continuing to take anti-retroviral treatment and adopt positive health seeking behaviours.

Before we came together as a group, there were so many cases of ART defaulters and this made us lose more people in the process, she said.

DIN Malawi Executive Director, Anderson Billiat said apart from the usual support that Namavu Support Group gets from DIN, the organization decided to support the group with cash considering the level of vulnerability as a result of the March 2019 floods.

This is in line with the global ‘Good Deeds Day’ which takes place in April every year and we had a national event in Lilongwe this year, he said, adding, When the floods hit, most of the members were heavily affected so we thought of coming to cheer them.

Billiat said the money provided to the support group was in a form of top up to the sustenance of the VSL initiative.

I would like to encourage individuals, the business community and different organizations in Chikwawa and beyond that as we assist people affected by floods, we should not exclude those living with HIV and AIDS, he appealed.

Source: MANA Online