By: Vincent Gunde
SOCIAL CASH TRANSFER CHANGING NKHOTAKOTA COMMUNITIES
The Social Cash Transfer Program ( SCTP), Mtukula Pakhomo, is reported to be transforming lives of vulnerable communities in Nkhotakota district.
Many households have managed to buy livestock and some are keeping money through Village, Saving and Loans Banks( VSL) showing an improvement in the peoples way of living.
However, despite the success stories, some beneficiaries claim that the money received is too little for saving, since the amount depends on the number of family members.
Presenting the progress of Mtukula Pakhomo to the District Social Support at a meeting held at the boma, Nkhotakota District Council’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, John Manda, said a visit to 34 beneficiary families in all the areas of traditional authorities in the district, has revealed that the program is registering remarkable achievements in the communities.
Manda said the program has helped reduce poverty level for the beneficiaries with many affording 3 meals per day and some have acquired assets such as goats and pigs.
He said the visit to the SCTP beneficiaries had the objective of tracking progress, identity challenges and make recommendations saying Nkhotakota has made an impact .
The officer said the beneficiaries are affording nutritious food which helps to foster their health and nutritions hence a great for the program to continue being implemented to change the lives of the vulnerable households in the district.
Manda observed that the monitoring exercise conducted by the District Council officials revealed that some eligible beneficiaries were left as the Unified Beneficiary Register ( UBR) cannot pick each and every name for the program.
He expressed hope that those who have not been picked, will find their way into other programs in the district.
Nkhotakota is implementing the Social Cash Transfer Program ( SCTP) targeting 7,054 ultra_ poor households in 74 village clusters with funding from the World Bank through the Local Government Finance Committee ( LGFC).