Rights group wants more access to funding for people with disabilities
By Staff Reporter
The Disability Rights Watch is advocating for more access to funding by people with disabilities.
Rights watch national coordinator Bruce Chooma said people with disabilities should be supported for them access money available at financing institutions such as the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC).
He said there was need to build capacities for them to develop business plans that were competitive and acceptable to financing institutions.
“They should be able to provide the training and mentorship required for people with disabilities to access loan facilities available for them without much struggle,” he said.
The Citizens Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has disclosed that very few people living with disabilities access the fund available for them with the commission due to high competition.
CEEC public relations officer Michelo Mukata said that about one percent of the over 1,000 projects being funded by the commission was allocated to the physically challenged.
“The amount may be minimal, but it is quite significant given the country’s current economic status,” he said.