INCOME GENERATING ACTIVTIES (IGAs)
Ending child marriage and providing for its survivors is a daunting challenge that requires a diverse pool of resources. Having this understanding in mind, MCMZ runs a successful vegetables and fruit gardening project at its centre for income generation. Other IGAs projects include; Brewing of traditional sweet beer “Chibwantu/Munkoyo” which is supplied in the community’s working class, and also is involved with door mats sewing project. These projects are also used as skills training for the girls retrieved from child marriage.
Most of the girls retrieved from child marriage would have stayed off school for not less than 6months to a year, this became a challenge for them once reinstated in school due to the gap off school. In order to enable them catch up with others, MCMZ has developed an Extra School Class at its centre which provides online and one on one teacher pupil session with the girls. The ECL project is being supported by Lubuto Library Partners and many of our community’s teachers who walk in on weekends to teach as a donation to organization. The ECL program is open and free to the community members especially teem moms and women rewriting their General Certificate Examinations (GCE) who cannot afford to pay for extra lessons fees. Every weekends, over 20 students attend the ECL sessions.
Survivors of child marriage and teen moms at MCMZ are running a savings group called Mission Banking. Each girl has a portion in all the MCMZ income generating activities which enables them to access to money. The girls meet every after two weeks to buy shares in the Mission Banking group, and once every month they meet to get loans to buy sanitary ware, soap and lotion. This loan is paid back with an interest of 15% to the group after 30 days. At the end of a calendar year, the girls meet to share dividends which they reinvest into their education and skills empowerment.