THE expansion of the of the five-year Sustainable Livelihood Enhancement Project ( SLEP) through the donation of livestock to communities, will contribute to economic growth and the well-being of families, says Konkola Copper Mines KCM) general manager (energy) Howard Chilundika.
Mr Chilundika said this yesterday in Shibuyunji district when KCM, in collaboration with Village Water Zambia (VWZ), donated 40 cattle to Katuzuma Women Club of Nampundwe.
He said the offer of the animals brought the number to 680 since the inception of the programme in 2012, mainly in Chingola, Chililabombwe and Nampundwe .
He said that KCM had also provided 2,000 goats to beneficiaries, affirming KCM’s 50-year vision to continue mining in Zambia despite the challenges it was facing. He said the company would endeavour to uplift the lives of people in the communities through the setting aside of US 2.1 million for the project.
“Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) today awarded 40 cows to a women’s group in Nampundwe in a step aimed at helping the country to achieve sustainable development goals which focus on enhancing social economic development and reducing poverty”.
‘‘The offer of the animals brings to 680 the number of cattle given to communities in three of KCM’s area of operation,” he said.
Mr Chilundika said that the project had directly supported 260 households with draft cattle and dairy heifers.
He said that the project would alternate as calves would benefit other members of the community.
And VWZ director Elisha Ng’onomo said that the gift would improve agriculture and nutrition among the community through milk as well as beef production.
Mr Ng’onomo said that more importantly than the cattle was that the donation was a gift of hope.
He thanked KCM for funding the project and the ministries of Livestock and Agriculture for training the community groups in livestock management and agricultural skills.
Katuzuma Women’s Club secretary Lillian Buumba said that the women were delighted to receive a head of cattle each as they did not expect the gesture which she said would empower them with income and skills.