In the month of December, the DAPP Clothes and Shoes project introduced a competition for its bale customers in its 9 wholesale shops.
The customers who made the most purchases between December and January were qualified to win bales of clothes worthy MWK66,250, MWK44,300 and MWK25,250 for first place, second and third respectively. Three customers who made the most purchases were to win bales of clothes from their respective shops.
On 9 February, the Clothes and Shoes project started award the customers in Zomba and Blantyre shops. The first place winners were awarded a 45KGs Ladies mix blouse bale, 15KGs Children 0 to 6 for second place and 45KGs sport economy for third place.
The clothes and shoes project apart from promoting environmental conversation through recycling and reusing of clothes, also create self employment for bale customers who buy clothes at wholesale and sell on retail to earn a living. Funds generated from the sale of Second-hand Clothes and Shoes support DAPP's implementations of social and economic development projects by DAPP.
DAPP Malawi works with various communities in Malawi in order to promote social and economic development through the implementation of various programs in Health, Agriculture, Community development, Educations and the selling of second hand clothes.
With the aim of improving the social economic status of widows in Mulanje, Chiradzulu, Phalombe and Thyolo districts, DAPP Malawi donated 400 clothes packages to a local NGO Shalom Care International (SHACAI) which have helped in reaching out to a total of 653 widows with Mulanje receiving 300 packages, Thyolo 88, Chiradzulu 130 and finally Phalombe 135. The packages were distributed in various centers namely Mulanje Mission Primary School Hall, Chikondano Orphanage Ground in Thyolo, Nkhulambe EPA Ground and Mombo Primary School Ground.
Speaking during the distribution exercise which took place from 29th January to 2nd February, Shalom Care International Policy and Advocacy Manager Mrs Mphatso Msangambe said as Shalom, they are very happy with the donation from DAPP “We work with Windows, Orphans and Vulnerable women. There was a need for clothes and DAPP came through for us. For that we are grateful. It is also worth noting that DAPP Malawi is the first organization to donate to Shalom” she said .
The DAPP Clothes and Shoes project has over the past 25 years contributed significantly to the empowerment of the vulnerable and poor, children, youth, women and men in the rural communities through the projects implemented by DAPP within education and vocational training, agriculture and food security, community development, and health; thus improving families’ access to good sanitation facilities, clean and safe drinking water; improved agriculture techniques; quality primary education for children taught by graduates from DAPP colleges and access to health and nutrition information