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Thyolo community hails Social Cash Transfer Program

Written by  Robert Nayeja

Thyolo, August 11: Some members of the community in Thyolo have hailed the Social Cash Transfer Program also known as ‘Mtukula Pakhomo’ for transforming lives of poor people in the country.

In an interview with one of the beneficiaries of the program, Ayenda Musa, 71, said she believes that very soon, her dream of building her own house will come to reality through the program.

“I am homeless, my house fell down two years ago and there was nobody to assist me; thanks to the Social Cash Transfer Program, my life is now changing for the better. I bought 26 iron sheets and I have just finished burning bricks, very soon, I will start building my own house,” Musa told the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Thursday.

Musa who is a widow and hails from Kwanjana Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe in Thyolo District said she was told that she would be on the Mtukula Pakhomo Program for four years after which she has to graduate.

In a separate interview, Efelo Andrea, 50, also from Kwanjana Village said she has managed to mould bricks and buy goats and a cow with the help of the program.

“These livestock will help my family to be independent economically even after the Social Cash Transfer Program. We thank government for the program aimed at uplifting the lives of the poorest just like me. I am no longer poor and by the end of the program, I will have acquired my heart’s desires,” she said. 

Apart from Thyolo District, the Social Cash Transfer Program is also being implemented in several other districts across the country as a social security program to cushion poor Malawians from adverse shocks of poverty.

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