Six women owned business enterprises have been awarded K48, 331,100.00 (an equivalent of US$60,000) by the United States African Development Foundation (USADF), an independent agency of the US Government.
The foundation was established by Congress in 1980 to support African-driven, grassroots solutions to economic problems in African communities
According to a statement from US government, the six are all alumni of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program implemented for the first time in Malawi in November 2020.
AWE was established in 2019 by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and provides women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses.
Since 2008, USADF has awarded over 100 small and medium sized grants in Malawi representing investments of over US$11.3 million.
“These grants help Malawian businesses investments and create sustainable jobs, improve income levels, and address their social development needs” read the statement.
Green care Waste Solutions raising awareness to communities in Malawi on issues regarding poor waste management, Uchembere Wabwino providing a safe delivery place for pregnant women in Mzuzu and Kwacha Studios owned by Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba focusing on reducing unemployment among youth in Malawi through creation of a sustainable film production company are some of the beneficiaries.
Chiza Clothing located at Area 18A market in Lilongwe contributing to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 by creating low costs protective wear and washable masks, Karonga Eye Care Centre providing improving and increasing access to quality eye care services in rural and semi-rural areas of Karonga and Farm Fresh Products procuring raw milk from local farmers in bulk used in manufacturing and processing of traditional and artisanal cheese are all proud recipients of US$10,000.