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MAICC handed over K22.5 milllion grain Miller in Dowa

By Mphatso M’bang’ombe

Mponela AIDS Information and Counseling Centre (MAICC) today on 23rd August ,2023 has handed over a K22.5 milllion Malawi Kwacha grain Miller constructed for Phwetekere community as social and economic facility with financial support from Phillip Morris International (PMI) the biggest Tobacco customer/Buyer in Malawi.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, MAICC’s Advocacy and Programs Manager, George Kaunda said the maize miller project aims at supporting the community as a wealth creation initiative that will generate income for the community to support social services like paying school fees for the needy learners, EDC initiative, boost women business capital on revolving fund basis as well reduced distances for women to access grain milling services.

Kaunda further highlighted that the mill will provide a vital service to local farmers by processing their maize into flour, significantly reducing the time and effort required for manual processing.This will enable families to focus on other income-generatinactivities and increase their productivity.

“The biggest expectation is that the facility will be treated with care in unity to develop to its full potential answering community needs,” said George Kaunda.

The handover event was attended by representatives from Dowa district Council Officials, Phillip Morris International, Pyxus Agriculture and local community leaders. The event was marked by a ceremony where MAICC handed the facility to Traditional Authority Mponela the grain miller who officially handed it over to the Phwetekere Community.
The community members expressed their gratitude to MAICC and Phillip Morris International for their support in realizing this important project.

In a separate interview, Chairperson for the project Ausward Mapulanga thanked MAICC and PMI for the choosing their community to be one of the beneficiaries in Dowa district.
“We will make sure that aims and objectives of the project are fulfilled by working hand in hand with community members and the funders,” said Ausward Mapulanga

In his speech Traditional Authority Mponela representative at the function, Matias Biswick advised the community to remain united and focused because good things comes with envil and misunderstanding.

The handover of the maize mill at Phwetekere village is a significant achievement for MAICC and the community of Traditional Authority Mponela.
This project represents a step towards sustainable and inclusive development, empowering local Communities and contributing to the economic growth of the area. MAICC extends its appreciation to Phillip Morris International for their support and looks forward to continued collaboration in future community development initiatives.

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