Hyton Silwimba is a 46 years old man who comes from Nkhweta village in the area of traditional authority Chindi, Mzimba. He is one of the beneficiaries under the Pathways for Successful Transition (PAST) project which is being implemented by Save the Children and CRECCOM. Hyton used to live a miserable life with his wife because they both were not used to doing business or agri-business of any kind. Their children were lacking proper food for their better growth which could result in malnutrition. This was happening despite receiving money from the Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP). Whenever they received SCTP money, they thought it was impossible to invest it in any business. This made them dependent on parents, well-wishers, and SCTP money only.
However, his interaction with the PAST project community volunteers helped him change his perception. One day he watched a play done by Jamadija Community Theatre Group which addressed issues to do with dependency syndrome and the benefits of capitalizing SCTP money on business and joining Village Savings and Loans (VSLs) groups. He decided to start taking part in the activities deliberated by the PAST project. He consulted the project’s field implementors, Change Agent Antony Nyirenda, on how best he could develop his life and family. Through him and the mentors who worked for hand in hand with the CA, Hyton learned several things ranging from mindset change, health and sanitation, business management, and smart agriculture.
Hyton started following these lessons seriously such that when he received his 147,600 Kwacha seed capital, he invested 90,000 Kwacha in agri-business where he is buying and selling groundnuts. He also bought 5 goats that he is rearing at his home. The family plans to grow more groundnuts the next growing season so that they grow their business next year.
Pathways for Successful Transition (PAST) project is a three-year program targeting Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP) beneficiaries in all the ten T/As of the Mzimba district to graduate them from ultra-poverty to sustained and resilient livelihoods.