The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) has offered to improve the living standards of vulnerable women and youths in Karonga district.
According to the organisation’s Right to Food Project Officer, Tunsume Mweyibasa, a good number of women in the district especially in the area of Traditional Authority Kilupula are victims of backward cultural practices.
These hinder them from accessing land especially when they get divorced by their husbands or widowed resulting to food insecurity.
Mweyibasa said through the goat-pass extension project, about 50 families in T/A Kilupula and 50 others in T/A Mwirang’ombe will receive five goats each which they will be passing on to other families as they multiply.
“This is to ensure that women are able to sustain their lives without relying much on men and we believe that these goats will help them address some of their challenges socially and economically,” she explained.
Mweyibasa further said the project expects to reach out to 700 plus people with the goats and since it is a pass-on project, it will be done in three phases until all the targeted groups benefit from the same.
“Women and youths are targeted in this project because they are considered vulnerable groups in the society in terms of access to social services,” she added.
Apart from that, the EAM is training them in village saving loans and conservative agriculture in partnership with the agriculture office and empowering them to form cooperatives while on the other hand giving them resources to support their interface meetings.
The EAM is implementing this three year project with financial support from Danish Church Aid.