People of sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Thula in Nkhata Bay District have commended the Social Cash Transfer Programme for transforming their lives.
They said this on Saturday when Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati visited a beneficiary, Queen Shonga, who has graduated from the programme in the district.
Shonga, who lost her husband in 2004, said she used money from the programme to venture into farming and small-scale businesses.
She said: “When I got enrolled into the programme in 2015, officers from Comsip taught me how to invest money into various businesses.
“So, I made pine tree nursery and I made money from selling seedlings.”
Shonga said she has constructed a decent house and is able to pay school fees for her children.
Another beneficiary Alice Msiska of Wadosoka Village in sub-T/A Thula, said the programme has lifted her out of abject poverty.
“I can now feed my four children because I harvest enough to eat,” she said.
Kaliati expressed satisfaction with the success stories and encouraged other women to work hard.
“I am impressed with what I have seen. This woman managed to rise above her situation and has become an entrepreneur in her own right instead of wallowing in misery and self-pity.
“This is what government wants.”