The ECL empowerment packages include pockets of cement, iron sheets, farming inputs, incubators, and sewing machines, among other goods.
Speaking during the handover of assorted empowerment packages yesterday, Shiwang`andu District Commissioner Evelyn Kangwa said President Edgar Lungu desires to see cooperatives progress in their businesses, hence the empowerment.
ZANIS reports that Ms Kangwa has since urged beneficiary cooperatives to ensure that they function as business entities so that they can supplement on job creation in the country.
The District Commissioner pointed out that cooperatives have no excuse for failure to excel in their businesses, adding that they have received empowerment packages requested by themselves.
She charged that the ECL empowerment packages received have not been imposed on any cooperative, adding that, there is hope that all the cooperatives will be successful in their business.
Ms Kangwa said she is optimistic that the ECL empowerment given to cooperatives in Shiwangandu district will not go in vain.
“I will ensure that my officer monitors beneficiary cooperatives, in order to realise the anticipated success among cooperatives,” said Ms Kangwa.
And speaking earlier, Muchinga Province Coordinator for the ECL- Multi-purpose empowerment Cooperative Isaac Nsoneka, said the ECL Multi-purpose empowerment is being done in phases, saying the assorted items and equipment received are part of the first phase for Muchinga province.
Mr Nsoneka said the second phase will be done after elections to give an opportunity to cooperatives who have not benefited now to also benefit from the ECL Multi-purpose empowerment when applications open again.
He has encouraged the 50 beneficiary cooperatives to work hard and develop their respective businesses with the empowerment packages they have received.
Meanwhile, ECL-Multi-purpose empowerment beneficiaries have thanked President Edgar Lungu for granting them assorted empowerment packages as starter capital.