Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has donated various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment worth K10 million to Bangwe Weaving Factory in Blantyre.
The weaving factory-which forms the largest institution employing people with disabilities in the country-is run by the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) since its establishment in 1976.
However, the donation which included computer sets, printers, photocopiers and some office furniture, proved timely to operations that have been dwindling over the years mainly for lack of support, according to Macoha executive director Georgina Navicha.
“Yes it is true, and we are very grateful to Macra’s gesture today,” she said during the handover ceremony held at the factory on Monday.
According to Navicha, the institution has very modern machinery for increased production that had been lying idle due to lack of “mere computers”.
Among others, the factory-that also has tailoring and screen printing as core sectors- produces school and industrial uniforms, carpets and assorted branded promotional materials.
Speaking when handing over the items, Macra board member Mphatso Gadama said the regulator felt compelled to donate owing to what the factory has done to the nation at large.
She also said Macra as an institution, believes in social inclusion in its operations and programming; hence the gesture.
“Having those state-of-the-art machinery grounded merely for lack of computers when they could have been helping in generating more income to the institution was just not on. We understand they are struggling and we moved
in to help change that. We are glad to have helped and we hope the little help we have rendered will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of people with disability,” Gadama said.