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Opportunity International Tips Women Trainees to Support Families

Opportunity International Malawi has advised women in the country who are participating in its K460 million Financial Access for Rural Markets Smallholder and Enterprise (FARMSE) Project to support their families economically as a way of ending poverty in the country.

Opportunity International Malawi Field Officer, Nedson Kabalula made the call in Machinga as 40 women from Kachere and Tiyanjane Community Based Field Organizations (CBFOs) under Paramount Chief Kawinga were showcasing their baking skills they have gathered so far in the three-year project.

Kabalula told Zodiak that the project which is training over 387 community-based field organizations in Machinga is targeting to train 450 community-based field organizations in the district but it is also being implemented in Rumphi, Nkhata bay, and Likoma to empower women with both technical and business skills.

"We expect to increase our reach here in Machinga by the end of the project, the main goal is to see these women becoming independent and supportive to their families," Kabalula said.

A Machinga based Emily Joliji of Kachere CBFO says the initiative has improved her family's life as she has managed to construct a cemented house using the profits she has gotten from selling her baked products.

"I'm happy with what Opportunity International has done to my life through this initiative. I feel so reformed and now I have managed to build a house for myself and children, I pray they continue for more years," said Joliji.

Through the FARMSE Project, Opportunity International is training men and women with technical skills like mechanics and chicken farming and it is expected to end in June next year.

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