Minister of civic education, culture, and community development Patricia Kaliati has urged people in the country to involve themselves in village savings and loan groups locally known as banki m’nkhonde.
According to Kaliati, bank m’nkhonde initiatives are helping people in the country especially in rural areas to develop economically.
Kaliati was speaking in Mangochi on Monday when she joined women of Madalitso Women Empowerment group from Mulanje as they were celebrating their group’s one year anniversary.
She said women can make a great impact in the social and economic development of the country hence all women need to join such groups for the betterment of the country.
The minister further said upon joining such groups, women will as well learn from their friends on how they can use available money, how they can keep it and also how they can take care of their families.
In her speech, leader of Madalitso Women Empowerment Esther Namondwe said she has gained more from associating with the other members of the group.
Namondwe added that many women in Mulanje have become independent with the establishment of Madalitso Women Empowerment and similar groups.
She then called on other women in the country to join women groups to become independent and to develop the country.