Some beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer Scheme in Lavushimanda District have applauded government for fulfilling its promise of paying them all the money a thing which has helped them improve their living standards.
One of the beneficiaries Mirriam Kunda of Mununga area told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview recently that being on SCT scheme has enabled her have access to basic needs and services like health care, food and education for her children.
Ms Kunda added that the increase in the funds has also helped her build a house where she is currently occupying.
“We are six in our group and when we receive the money we put together and give one person. I was the first one to be given the money and that’s how I started building this house, now am remaining with only putting widows,” she said.
Ms Kunda is grateful to government as it would have been very difficult for her and her children to survive.
She has further called on other beneficiaries not to misuse the funds but use it prudently.
Meanwhile, Muchinga Province Social Welfare Officer Jacob Miti who visited some beneficiaries in Mununga area of Lavushimanda District said the success stories recorded by some beneficiaries is a clear indication of the good intentions that government has.
Mr Miti said it is prudent that Social Cash Transfer Programme in Muchinga Province has continued to record success among beneficiaries.
“The successful and positive stories recorded through the social cash transfer programme in the province has shown that beneficiaries are using the bi-monthly payments prudently,” he said.
The Provincial Social Welfare Officer has since appealed to other beneficiaries to emulate what Ms Kunda and her team is doing as it will help them improve their living standards.
“Some beneficiaries are not taking SCT money seriously, if only they can take this programme seriously their lives will change,” said Mr Miti.