Presidential task team appreciates challenges of poverty eradication projects

Chairperson of Presidential Task Team on development project delivery Mr Gaothaetse Mathabaphiri has applauded poverty eradication projects that managed to be sustainable since the funding.

In an interview after touring different poverty eradication projects in Francistown recently, Mr Mathabaphiri explained that some of the projects succeeded whilst some collapsed due to some of the challenges encountered by the project beneficiaries.

He said the first poverty eradication project was the backyard garden which many people were very eager to have them, but later when the projects were improved then those who took the first projects wanted to quit and have the alternatives packages.

Mr Mathabaphiri said government has implemented social policies to assist vulnerable groups such as the destitute, the elderly and remote area dwellers and this was run by Village Development Committee chairpersons and social workers.

Mr Mathabaphiri mentioned that they are divided into three groups to assess poverty eradication projects in the country and to make recommendations at the end that will be presented to the President and Cabinet.

One of the sucessful projects was of Ms Ednah Mokgethi (65) in Monarch location who was assessed and funded in August 2014 on a backyard garden but has not yet gone for training.

She was frequently visited by agricultural department office to advise her on how to prevent pesticides on the vegetables. She complained about the incomplete packages and high water bills.

Another success project was the textile industry called Great Satellite operated in partnership by Ms Lydia Motlakase (64) and Wendy Halahala (54) and was funded in July 2014 by Gender Affairs.

Ms Halahala said they were five in the group project then three resigned in writing to go and join Poverty eradication programmes.

She said she learnt sewing at a young age at Mater Spei College and was trained by Financial Assistant Programme on how to run a business.

Ms Halahala noted that their business like any other business encountered challenges such as lack of funding and high rental payment.

A fashion designer Ms Soromi Mutandwa (60) in Coloured location was also rated as single project success because she uses her profits to expand her business.

She explained that she has a bank account to save some of the profit and thanked government for the benefits noting that her children could also enjoy the benefits of education.

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