Kabwe DC welcomes Initiatives to empower disabled
Kabwe, March 18, 2013,ZANIS…..Kabwe district commissioner
Patrick Chishala says the removal of barriers to include
persons with disabilities in economic activities is a positive development.
Mr Chisala said the move empowers not only the disabled but also the
community at large to participate in various economic activities.
Mr Chashala was speaking at the launch of the micro small andmMedium
enterprises, MSME, sensitisation workshop for persons with
disabilities in Kabwe today.
He said the disabled persons accessibility to loans was necessary to achieve progress and development for all.
He commended the Business and Investment Unit for People with
Disabilities, BIUD, who were the organizers of the workshop for coming
up with the program which intends to uplift the lives of persons
living with disabilities.
He said government is fully committed about the plight of the disabled as evidenced
by the enactment of the persons with disabilities Act no. 6 of 2012, adding that it
supports every effort targeted at the improvement of livelihood among
the people, especially the disable.
The DC appealed to the media and civil society organizations in Zambia
to disseminate the provisions of the Act fully so that people are
He appealed to the participants to embrace the program as
it has the potential to nurture them into prosperous business people and
help create employment opportunities especially for the people
Zambia Agency for Persons with disabilities Coordinator Selina Mulonga
said the workshop intends to support Micro Small and Medium
Entrepreneurs to grow their own business .
Ms Mulonga said BIUD will allow groups and individuals to register
their businesses, provide further training and monitor the capacity
of running a project before they are linked to the Micro finance
agencies for project funding.
And earlier the provincial Village Savings and Loans Association
Coordinator Jackson Phiri said BIUD exists to supplement the
government’s efforts in economically empowering people with
disabilities through access to micro-finance and other business
services for MSME.
Mr Phiri said the organization has a component of promoting the
village savings and loans at the community level to help them realize
their potential through provision of training, mentorship and coaching
services to develop MSME.