People from Mangochi have commended Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) for the delivery of cash in response to business slowdown in border areas in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is understood that MRCS has since July 2020 been making cash transfers of K15,000 to households in border areas with Mozambique to sustain their livelihoods due to low cross border business activities because of travel ban.

District Project Coordinator at MRCS, Francis Phiri, stated that after supporting 1,100 households around Chiponde from July to September, the MRCS sourced additional funding from Danish Red Cross to support 1,127 people in the area of Senior Chief Jalasi.

He said, ‘The additional support we got from the Danish Red Cross is for two months of October and November and we are going to make subsequent cash transfers end November’.

It was learnt that during the last cash disbursement at Chiponde in October, the Communications, and Humanitarian Diplomacy Specialist at MRCS, Felix Washon, noted that the society would continue to engage its partners for further support to vulnerable and food insecure households, especially during the lean period.

One of the benefactors of the cash transfer, Hajira Ismaela, from Saiti Village in Senior Chief Jalasi, said the financial support was timely given the onset of the rainy season.

Ismaela said, ‘This support is very timely as we will buy the government subsided fertiliser in time as the rainy season is just beginning…We will be able to buy plastic sheets for our houses most of which leak when it rains’.

Source: Mana Online

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