The Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health has disbursed funds to 15 beneficiaries in Mukuni village in Kazungula district under the village bank loans.
This is the first disbursement the ministry has done out of the targeted number of 80 beneficiaries in five chiefdoms of the district.
Officiating at the occasion in Mukuni village today on behalf of Kazungula District Commissioner Pascalina Musokotwane, Acting Kazungula District Medical Officer Tolbert Shaba said he was happy with government’s gesture towards the needy in society.
Mr. Shaba commended the department of community development for organizing and providing K75, 000 meant for seed to 80 women in Kazungula district.
He said the village bank loans will enable individuals and group members in the community to be self -reliant thereby transforming their livelihoods and promote the spirit of saving.
Mr. Shaba disclosed that government through the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health will continue supporting the poor and vulnerable people in rural communities including viable women who are bread winners.
He explained that the disbursed money is meant for alleviating poverty among women headed households who are in small scale businesses and those with viable businesses but experiencing challenges in accessing stat-up capital.
Mr. Shaba urged the beneficiaries to utilize the funds in accordance with the laid down guidelines so that more people could benefit in the communities after their loan cycle ends.
And speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries in Mukuni village Bridget Mubalu thanked government for the soft loans which vary from K500 to K1, 000 per individual or group.