Seven women clubs in Kalabo empowered
Kalabo, July 9, ZANIS ——- The Department of Community Development in Kalabo has supplied agriculture and income generation equipment to seven women clubs out of the targeted twenty-five women clubs in Kalabo district.
The equipment that includes three ploughs, two pumps and a sewing and knitting machine were supplied to the seven women clubs under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) in the period between April and June this year.
During the same period, the Department also received thirty-five (35) text books for the targeted 35 adult literacy classes of which fifteen were current operational under the Adult Literacy Programme.
And in the second quarter of this year, the Department of Community Development in Kalabo also sensitized forty-one (41) out the targeted 185 women clubs on the on-going projects at it district office under the Women Empowerment Programme.
The incentives for the Poverty Reduction and the Adult Literacy Programmes were sourced from the Western Provincial Administration while the source of the Women Empowerment Programme activity was the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health headquarters in Lusaka.
And under the Food Security Pack (FSP), the monitoring of upper land crop harvest was carried out where fifty-one out of the ninety vulnerable but viable farmers were visited and a good harvest of ninety percent was recorded despite lack of monitoring funds and late delivery of farming inputs.
The Department of Community Development in Kalabo however also having challenges of most women clubs not having farming equipment, having a shortfall of 205 untrained adult literacy instructors of which the department was waiting for training funds and lack of operational funds.
This was revealed in the District Development Coordinating Committee meeting that was held in Kalabo last Friday that was chaired by Kalabo District Commissioner Irene Mate.