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VSL PARTICIPATION TRANSFORMS WIDOW’S LIVELIHOOD

Dumbani Mzale

Mary Jampa, a widow from Mkawinda 2 Village, Group Village Headman Chiwayu, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chigaru in Blantyre was left helpless and destitute after the death of her husband in 2015.

But before the tragedy struck, she, together with her late husband had a kiln of burnt bricks and had already bought 15 iron sheets.

Their vision was to build a better house after cultivating rice in the next 3 years.

 But the sudden demise of the husband left their dreams shattered into shreds. But the introduction of the Village Savings and Loans (VSLs) in Mkawinda village by the Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) restored Jampa’s dreams.

FISD, with financial support from the Millennium Challenge Account-Malawi (MCA-Malawi), is implementing the Integrated Approaches to Natural Resources Management and Conservation for Sustainable Hydro-Power (INA-CoSH) project under MCA’s Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) project.

It was the introduction of VSLs in Mkawinda 2 Village by FISD which marked the turning point of Jampa’s plagued life.

She joined Tikondane VSL group operating her own village. Their VLS cycle was from July to December 2016.

From their total savings, she managed to graduate with K67, 000 which assisted her to turn her postponed dreams into reality. She completed to purchase the remaining 16 iron sheets and pay-off the builder. Today, Jampa, is being accommodated in a secured house with new iron sheets in Mkawinda 2 Village.

 

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