By Ireen Kayira
The Association of persons with albinism in Malawi (APAM)has appealed to stakeholders to help persons with albinism to start small scale businesses.
This was said when Chelsea community donated items to persons with albinism in Lilongwe worthy K6 million on Wednesday.
APAM national coordinator, Overstone Kondowe said apart from donating various items to persons with albinism they should consider helping them start small scale businesses.
“We want support for businesses like soap making factories, maize mills and juice making factories among others that can help persons with albinism to fend for themselves,” said Kondowe.
He said items that they receive from donations do not last long but empowering them economically will help them generate income that can sustain them for long.
He added that persons with albinism face discrimination in various societies that they live as such they do not actively involve themselves in economic activities.
He further said apart from helping them to start small scale businesses there is need for them to be equipped with skills which they can use to support themselves because donations come once at a time and may not adequately address their needs .
In his response, Ebi khorodia a pharmacist based in London who came to donate the items to persons with albinism in Lilongwe said he would consider raising funds in the United Kingdom where he is based to bring something sustainable to persons with albinism.
“It is a good thing for them to have something that can help them support themselves economically for a longer period of time,” he said.-MANA