COMSIP Cooperative Union expands socio-economic livelihood support from 14 to all 28 districts – Malawi Nyasa Times

With the blessing of donors, the World Bank, COMSIP Cooperative Union Limited has expanded its livelihoods support sub-component of the Government of Malawi’s five-year project – the Social Support for Resilient Livelihoods Project (SSRLP) .

At a press conference last Friday on the sidelines of the project’s workshop for District Commissioners (DCs) of the Southern Region, COMSIP Cooperative Union Chief Executive Officer, Tenneson Gondwe, said that following at scale, the target is to reach 435,000 households who will undertake climate-smart public works and livelihoods activities.

Hence the need to orient the DCs of the respective districts where the CSPWP will be implemented, the initial project of which targeted 70,000 beneficiaries in the 14 districts.

The DCs attending the workshop held at the Crossroads Hotel in Blantyre

In the presentation made by COMSIP Officer, Emmanuel Muwamba, the CDs were informed that the livelihoods support builds on the successes of past interventions in MASAF 4 and that the primary beneficiaries were Chitipa, Balaka and Phalombe (CSPWP only), Karonga, Rumphi, Nkhatabay, Nkhotakota, Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Chiladzulu and Blantyre (SCT and CSPWP).

The total cost of the livelihoods sub-component was US$20 million and with scale-up the sub-component grew to US$33 million.

Muwamba said the objectives of the livelihood support include building the capacity of SCTP and CSPWP beneficiary households by instilling in them the culture of savings and investment which will improve their income earning capacity and cushion them. in times of shock.

It specifically aims to:

* Inculcate the culture of savings and investment;

* Increase household income and productive assets through diversified IGAs (investments);

* Improve the state of nutrition and health of beneficiary households;

* Improve the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of women and youth;

* Increase awareness on DRM, prevention and mitigation; and

* Environmental protection/safeguards.

To participate in livelihood activities, Muwamba informed the CDs that beneficiaries must present their willingness to join a group and follow the formation of the group; the desire to save money on transfers and salaries received; willingness to work in a group; willingness to attend meetings and participate in trainings and ability to start and operate a business using the training skills provided.

In the project, 1,040 of the beneficiary households are targeted to lift themselves out of poverty through asset transfers, where they will be supported with $300 for business.

The livelihood support sub-component aims to build the capacities of SCTP and CSPWP beneficiary households, with a focus on women and youth by instilling in them the culture of savings and investment. , which helps beneficiary households to grow savings that can cushion them in times of shock. .

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Virginia S. Braud