A project being jointly spearheaded by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-M) is set to economically empower women in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe’s area in Mangochi.
The three-year project, which will run from 2015 to 2018, aims to address environmental challenges that culminate into sedimentation in the Shire River Basin and chokes the performance of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi’s (Escom) hydro-power facilities.
Mangochi CCJP diocesan secretary Bruno Banda said poverty levels among women have resulted in the depletion of natural forests, which would otherwise have been prevented if they were empowered.
“We will train women group members on livestock production and support them with livestock, facilitate formation and support for savings and loan schemes for women and also facilitate community innovations that will improve equitable land management,” he said.
The project has taken a holistic approach that caters for different players.