Chief Trade Officer for One Village one Product (OVOP) Jacinta Chipendo has advised women in the country to work in groups for them to easily get financial and technical assistance from development partners.
She said this over the sunday in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitera in Chiradzulu district where OVOP officials visited Chisomo women group which is making juice from sweet potato leaves.
Evangelical Association of Malawi facilitated the formation of the grouping.
Chipendo said OVOP will not hesitate to offer technical assistance to business women who work in groups to boost their income.
She commended the women for the initiative saying it was the wish of OVOP to see women embracing the concept of innovation by making products using locally available resources.
“As OVOP, we are particularly happy with this innovation. When we go back to our offices in Lilongwe we will present a report to our superiors and depending on their recommendations we will see where exactly we can assist you technically,” Chipendo said.
The Chief Trade Officer urged the group to engage other players such as Malawi Bureau of standards to certify the juice before OVOP takes them to their shops.
EAM Regional Coordinator for the South Feston Chilewani lauded OVOP for visiting the women saying this would give the women impetus to work hard to improve their products.
Chisomo women group is a group of women farmers from various denominations. It was established in 2015 under the auspices of EAM which is implementing food security project in the area. Currently, the juice is sold within the vicinity of T/A Chitera only.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA