Opportunity International Malawi has engaged members of village savings and loans (VSL) groups in Machinga District to plant trees to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Speaking on Saturday during a tree-planting exercise in Paramount Chief Kawinga, the organisation’s programmes manager Generose Ndalami Dziko said it was important to involve VSL groups in planting trees because they belong to communities.
“The effects of climate change are being felt by everyone, including people in rural areas.
“So, one of the ways to mitigate its effects is through championing tree-planting in rural communities,” she said.
One of the VSL membersin Paramount Chief Kawinga, Felina Kamangazula, said they are agents of change and will urge people to take care of the trees.
With funding from Financial Access for Rural Markets, Smallholders and Enterprise, Opportunity International Malawi is implementing a three-year Rural Finance and Sustainable Livelihood Project in Machinga, Rumphi, Nkhata Bay and Likoma districts.