New Funding to Extend Our Malawi Project for 3 years
The Global Concerns Trust was delighted to find out in January that we have been awarded further funding from the Scottish Government to continue and expand our projects in Malawi between 2015 and 2018. A further 157 adults with disabilities will receive the tools and training to start new businesses in Nkhotakota, Salima and Ntcheu districts. The Global Concerns Trust looks forward to celebrating 10 years of working in Malawi in 2018!
We are currently entering our third and final year of the project â€˜Tools and Training for Livelihood in Malawiâ€™, the second project in Malawi conducted by GCT and funded by the Scottish Government.
The 86 graduate trainees that have received training through this programme so far, have reported that it has had a huge impact upon their lives. From their new carpentry, tailoring and basket-making businesses, graduate trainees have an average increase of income of 550%, and are now able to support themselves and their families. They have also been able to purchase items such as livestock, beds and mattresses, radios, roof sheeting and even bricks to build a better house. In addition to this they are telling us of an increase in confidence and social standing, and are certainly proud to be highlighting the abilities and potential of people with disabilities within their communities.
Above are pictures of the beneficiaries of GCT's Malawi project making furniture and below are photos of the raw materials involved in making cane furniture (from left: nkhomo, chapapati, and bamboo).