Ntcheu Central member of Parliament (MP) Malison Ndau (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) has encouraged his constituents to venture into small-scale businesses to be financially independent.
Speaking when he presented sewing machines at group village head (GVH) Balaka in the district, Ndau encouraged people to form groups where they would learn tailoring skills.
He said: “It has been learnt elsewhere that a community which has been empowered can make their own things than a community which is not. Therefore, the machines that are being presented to you today, if well utilised, will help you to become makers than receivers.
“This year’s harvest will be appalling; hence, I came up with different initiatives such as donating sewing machines, introducing group loans and distributing treadle pumps and maize seeds, among others.”
Ndau, who is also Deputy Minister of Defence, promised to rehabilitate water pipes, sink boreholes and electrify the area, saying such issues are crucial for people’s socio-economic development.
GVH Balaka commended the MP for the initiatives, saying they will help the people overcome the food shortage.
“The sewing machines will help people learn skills and start tailoring businesses, thereafter the loan will also help them start businesses whereas the treadle pumps will help them embark on irrigation farming. These will go a long way in spurring their socio-economic statuses,” he said. n