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First Ladies impressed with women cooperative

By Esnath Kalawe

Lilongwe, Mana: First Lady, Madame Monica Chakwera and Mozambican First Lady, Isaura Nyusi Monday commended Mwachichotsa Women Cooperative in Nathenje, Lilongwe for their vigilance in undertaking income generating activities to empower themselves financially.

In an interview, Madame Chakwera said the women cooperative, which owns a maize mill, was under Her Shaping Our Future Foundation which pays school fees for needy female learners.

She encouraged the women to continue participating in activities that could contribute to economic empowerment of their families.

“We are impressed with what the women are doing. We want our women to be economically empowered.

“This is just a Pilot phase of Shaping Our Future Foundation and we are training them how to do business that can uplift and boost their welfare. This can help to reduce poverty among their families,” Chakwera explained.

She said the initiative was intended to help uplift women economically so that they should be able to pay school fees and buy school materials for their children as well as buying food for their families.

Mozambican First Lady, Madame Nyusi noted with great satisfaction the way Malawi’s First Lady was leading in assisting women to be self-reliant.

“I highly appreciate what the First Lady is doing in economic empowerment. Economic empowerment is very vital to human being.

“The great dedication is a vehicle to social empowerment and I have to take it to my country, so that we do the same,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries who is the Secretary for the Cooperative, Stella Mwape said the visit to the cooperative by the two First Ladies was an inspiration to them.

Registered in 2019, the cooperative has a membership of 36 women and is being run under Madame Chakwera’s Shaping Our Future foundation with assistance from Irish Embassy and Premier Bet.