Malawi as poverty stricken country, women are generally treated as second-class citizens and seen as someone to look after the home and bear children. Low economic status of women, youths, in Malawi has resulted in high incidence of Gender based violence, child abuse, low youth empowerment and low participation in decision making. In view of the financial constraints that a family faces, CHICOSUDO introduced skill-building program that strives to empower women, survivors of child marriages, youth and community at large. It was observed, if they are impacted with knowledge and skills, women and youth would be given more avenues to earn their living. The project will also help them raise their voices against the ill treatments accorded to them within their families or outside.

It is against this background where CHICOSUDO pilot a six month project started in July and end in December 2021. The project has targeted 50 marginalized women of 16 to 25 years old under group village headman Ntonya, Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mulanje district. The goal of the project is to Empower 50 marginalized women in traditional authority Nkanda in Mulanje by equiping them with knowledge skills to become self-reliant through tailoring training, financial and health services and support by December 2021.

IMPACT

To promote employment oriented skills among 50 survivors of child marriages and single mothers in Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mulanje district through tailoring trainings December 2021. trained in Computer basics in Blantyre
To equip business management training among 50 survivors of child marriages and single mothers in Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mulanje district by December 2021.
To raise awareness on sexual reproductive health and rights and other social issues by December 2021.
To encourage self-employment by acting support agency for providing necessary help and linking them to the market and introduction of Savings and Internal Lending Community by December 2021.
To certify and to liaison with the training institutions in order to strengthen training and work placements opportunities for the trained survivors of child marriages and single mothers December 2021.

Activities

1. Orientation meetings
2. Recruitment of instructors and beneficiaries.
3. Procurement of teaching and learning materials
4. Actual Training
5. Conduct weekly sexual reproductive health and rights and other social issues
6. Encourage learners to join Village Savings Loans group and linking with other financial services providers.
7. Promote linkages with technical education institutions for certification.
8. Monitoring and evaluation