Lingamasa women in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi will now rub shoulders with their colleagues in the business world after the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), in conjunction with the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), embarked on a gender project.
The three-year (2015 – 2018) project, whose aim is to address environmental problems that lead to sedimentation in the Shire River Basin and choke Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom’s) hydropower facilities; seeks to increase hydro power generation by empowering women through different initiatives.
Mangochi CCJP diocesan secretary Bruno Banda said poverty levels among women lead to the depletion of natural forests which could have otherwise been prevented if they were empowered.
He said: “We will train women’s groups in livestock production and support them with livestock, facilitate formation and support for savings and loan schemes for women and facilitate community innovations that will improve equitable land management.”
The project, which has a holistic approach with different stakeholders, including the office of the district commissioner (DC), district agriculture, natural resources management, Lands, Forestry offices, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) traditional leaders, community-based committees and media among others is being funded to the tune of K190 million.