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MUSCO-SACCO to donate pigs worth K2Million to APAM

Written by  Chifundo Ned

Lilongwe, October 18, 2018: Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization MUSCO-SACCO will this year donate pigs worth K2Million to Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) from Traditional Authorities (T/As) Chadza and Chiseka in Mitundu, Lilongwe district.

The organization will handover the pigs on October 20, 2018 at Mchinji Boma as they will be  raising awareness about albinism where they expect over 50 persons with albinism from the district to patronize the function.

MUSCO-SACCO committee decided to educate and sensitize people within and across the district to join SACCO.

In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) APAM President, Overstone Kondowe said they agreed to use the grant in a viable sustainable livelihood micro-project but with short term group impact and they chose the pig farming project.

“The pig farming project will engage families of persons with albinism from these T/As which means the action will only benefit 65 members from the area,” Kondowe said.

He added that APAM will divide those families into three groups in which each group will be asked to construct a pig cage ‘Khola’ and will be provided with piglets for them to start the farming and when the pigs breed they will share among themselves and continue the project at an individual family level through pass-on plan.

“Mitundu has been chosen based on the grounds of dire need, homogeneous community, clustered high population of persons with albinism, proximity to APAM head office and easy and less costs of monitoring and management,” he added.

According to AHL Sacco President and Chairperson of chapter 2 International Credit Union day celebration committee, Martin Sabola, Chapter 2 Sacco felt the need to take part in reduction of stigma to persons with albinism as they are sidelined in the communities.

Sabola said they are hoping that this donation will bring economic empowerment to the beneficiaries so much that they could be able to improve the welfare of their families and the community at large.

MUSCO- SACCO is helping a lot to Malawians. In 2015 they built a toilet at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and donated medical equipment to Dedza District Hospital in 2016.

The association has 3267 members across the country.

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