In an inspiring display of commitment to community development, CARD`s programs Manager Arthur Lichenya, accompanied Christian Aid Country Director Luke Theu on a transformative journey this week. On September 28th and 29th, they ventured to the vibrant landscapes of Dowa and Mchinji, where, in partnership with Christian Aid, we are pioneering the "Kuwala Ultra Poor Graduation Project."
Supported by the Financial Access for Rural Market, Smallholders, and Enterprise (FARMSE) through the International Fund for Agricultural (IFAD), this visionary initiative spans 24 months and has its sights set on the communities of Salima, Dowa, and Mchinji Districts. At its core, the project aims to lift households out of the grip of poverty, fostering resilience through sustainable means.
The project's framework is built upon several crucial pillars, Social protection, Livelihoods promotion financial Inclusion Social empowerment and Disaster risk reduction and natural resources management, each a stepping stone towards a brighter future.
During their visit, they engaged in meaningful discussions with village savings and loan groups (VSLGs), gaining firsthand insight into the project's impact. They also visited project participants, witnessing the tangible results of interventions such as backyard gardens and the entrepreneurial endeavors of participants. Furthermore, they explored their visions for a brighter future, demonstrating that this initiative goes beyond immediate relief—it empowers individuals to shape their destinies.
The project aims to contribute towards the achievement of FARMSE’s overall objective, which is to reduce poverty, improve livelihoods and enhance the resilience of rural households on a sustainable basis.