Kasungu: Government has rolled out the social cash transfer programme in Kasungu which has earmarked 17 000 households in the district to benefit over a period of four years.
Speaking during the launch of the programme in the district on Thursday, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Dr Jean Kalirani, said the families have been targeted basing on their level of poverty.
After the Universal Beneficiary Registration [UBR], the households that were ultra-poor were identified to be part of the social cash transfer in order for them to find food and be able to send children to school and buy them required materials,
I have evidence that in some areas where there is social cash transfer, people have benefitted a lot by building houses roofed with iron sheets, buying livestock, starting small businesses and joining Village Savings and Loans [VSLs] groups, said Kalirani.
The minister urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the cash transfers.
There are many who could have qualified for this programme but you are the ones who were chosen so you should make use of this so that at the end of the four years you should be economically independent, said the Minister.
The minister also warned traditional leaders and beneficiaries that the money given to the households was not for sharing but to benefit the poor households and that the beneficiaries should not use the money for booze.
One of the beneficiaries, Satuwelo Makalani Banda, who is HIV positive, thanked government for the programme saying it will help improve people’s livelihoods.
There are a lot of problems in the villages and people, like children and the elderly, are suffering a lot. What has been done will help us a lot, said Makalani.
The Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme was designed to alleviate poverty, reduce malnutrition and improve school enrolment by delivering regular and reliable cash transfer to the ultra-poor households that are labour constrained.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA