First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera donate maize mills and sewing machines to Mwachisosa Women’s Cooperative
By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera through her organisation Shaping Our Future on Friday donated sewing machines and maize mills to Mwachisosa Cooperative.
Speaking when handing over the equipments, First Lady applauded hard work and determination the Women group is doing, saying it has proved that the two can bring about creativity and productivity.
She said though facing numerous barriers like marginalization and lack of economic empowerment due to gender gaps, women of Mwachisosa Cooperative have defied the odds in leading the way to closing such gaps.
But Madame Chakwera who is also the Board Chairperson for Shaping Our Future Foundation, thanked the Irish embassy and the Premier Bet for complementing her efforts to make sure such dreams like that of Mwachisosa come true, owing the construction and installation of the Maize Mill to the donation by the two, which she said will definitely change the livelihood of the cooperative members, their families, and the community at large.
Further, Madame Chakwera whose Foundation’s mission is to promote holistic of a village girl through keeping girls in school, said she seeks to reach out more women of Mwachisosa spirit as one way of ensuring that mothers are economically empowered so that the mission is easily achieved.
While describing Mwachisosa as amazing, the First Lady registered no doubt that the initiative will achieve greater results and has since asked other women to emulate an example as it aligns itself with the 2030, Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In her speech, Madame Chakwera also told the gathering that economically empowered women are the weapon the country need in order to fight the circle of poverty.
According to our sources, Mwachisosa group of Nathenje in Lilongwe (beneficiary of the maize mill and sewing machines) started in 2017 with 25 members and grew to 110 before dropping to 36 and was targeted and qualified to be supported with a project worth K11 million after a careful research and recognition of their hard work.