by Babongile Mlambo
“Exploring the role of the church in the Economic Empowerment of God’s people in Swaziland
for Vision 2022”.
The above vision was shared by the former Hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce with different Church bodies at a meeting held sometime in November 2015. One of the SCCW members, Ms Patsy Zeeman, who was also a part of the Council of Churches representatives attending that meeting, shared with us the vision in detail.
The Eswatini government invited the religious people (Christians) to think of how they could contribute to the economic empowerment of Christians in the country. After a few meetings and presentations by Mr Charles Khumalo from the Department of Cooperatives in the Ministry of Trade and Commerce, the members of SCCW decided to venture into a Multi-purpose Cooperative for financial and economic empowerment of Catholic women.
A meeting was then organised by the SCCW where Mr Khumalo, in the presence of Bishop Jose Luis and the spiritual advisor Fr. Ndwandwe, explained what was expected to set up and sustain such a Coop, and how his department was going to help the women. The wish to start a Coop by the SCCW was approved by the Bishop after that meeting.
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