United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) on Friday presented a cheque worth K2 million to a group of women from Mwera Village, Traditional Authority M’bwatalika in Lilongwe as a start-up capital for their business.
The 40 women operating under Mwera Women Learning Centre are involved in pig production and poultry (broiler) production.
The grant follows training in business management the women underwent from November 19 to 22 and another in pig and poultry production from December 17 to 19 last year.
Speaking during the handover, Unesco acting deputy executive secretary David Mulera said they were inspired by government’s policy to support vulnerable groups in society.
“After training them in business management, we thought of coming back to support them with a capital so that women may run their business and improve their lives,” he said.
Lilongwe district commissioner Lawford Taluza Palani said government cannot do everything alone; hence, the need for development partners such as Unesco to complement its efforts.
“Many women in rural areas are poor and many face abuse. The district has programmes in which men and women save money to enable them support their families,” he said.