Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ISCJF) yesterday distributed 10 000 chicks to 200 women in Nkhotakota.
The initiative, which started in 2014, seeks to alleviate poverty among vulnerable women by, among other things, providing interest-free loans and encouraging them to venture into poultry farming.
So far, the organisation has reached out to women in 10 districts countrywide, three of which—Salima, Nkhotakota and Lilongwe—are in the Central Region.
Speaking after the exercise, ISCJF founder Shaibu Ajasi said the project aims at breaking the poverty cycle among women.
“We found that most vulnerable women in the country have limited access to start-up capital, therefore, we want to assist these women by empowering them economically,” he said.
The project plans to distribute 250 000 chicks to 800 women in the 10 districts. The project will also train the women on how to take care of the chicks.
In an interview, one beneficiary Merriam Ameeer thanked the organisation for the project which, she said, will improve the economic status of the women.