Zambia is among the many Countries around the World that have been affected by the Corona Virus which has claimed lives in many Countries around and Solwezi District has not been spared from the pandemic. Most of the poor People especially vulnerable women in Zambia live on less than a $ per day and COVID-19 has just worsened the situation. Women are the most affected people in the communities. In Solwezi, all the families have been confined in their homes spending the little income raised from their small business. Therefore, COVID-19 has left families in Solwezi without food, soap and other essential basic needs such as medical bills etc which are cardinal for human survival. The loss of business and employment opportunities due to COVID-19 has has caused many vulnerable women to be involved in prostitution and other illicit activities to enable them earn a living which compromises their human dignity. Hence Charity Centre for Children and Youth Development coming up with a Coronavirus Relief Fund to support vulnerable women with small revolving fund which is helping them sustain their livelihood.
The COVID-19 relief fund is providing revolving fund to vulnerable women keeping orphans and vulnerable children to start a small home based business that has so far helped over 50 women recover from major negative impacts of COVID-19. Vulnerable women are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Women in Solwezi feeds households and helps children attend school and meet health costs. The goal of this project is to help 500 vulnerable women recover and sustain their families from COVID-19 shocks. Micro entrepreneurship is key in attaining local development and improved income at household level.
The organization has so far disbursed over about ZMW : 107,500 enquivalent to $ 5,375. to over 50 vulnerable women that has enabled them to improve their household income and help them support their children with education and health. The vulnerable people mostly depends on charcoal burning as another source of livelihood which if continued will cause climate change in the mining area. This project is also offering an alternative source of income to the vulnerable women by establishing home based small businesses that is helping to protect the environment.
Below are the cumulative figures for the Coronavirs Relief Fund for vulnerable women
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