Friday, February 23, 2018
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Thirty (30) beneficiaries of the maternal subsidy ‘bolsa da mãe’ from Saburaisuku, Maliana Administrative post of Bobonaro municipality received training about business management provided by organization Women's Movement (MOFFE) during three days.

Thirty (30) beneficiaries of the maternal subsidy ‘bolsa da mãe’ from Saburaisuku, Maliana Administrative post of Bobonaro municipality received training about business management provided by organization Women's Movement (MOFFE) during three days.

MOFFE Director, Yasinta Lujina said the aim of the training was to increase women's capacity in developing sustainable business’ because the subsidy stops once the child turns 17 years old.
She said this program assure mothers who had adequate capacity could send their children to access higher educational level and to avoid social problems, such as drug use and prostitution.
"We think that the aid provided can support the mother to pay the children's school fees in the future and their children can access higher educational levels," she said in her office, Farol, Dili.
She said mothers learn about economic leadership, business and financial management and in particular good business development.
She said such program will be implemented in Covalima municipality, Lalausuku and with 30 participants, while there will be 30 participants from the Special administrative region Oe-Cusse, from Abani suku.
After the training establishment of the groups in each suku, she said they also provided funds of $500 to each group to run business activities near their residence.
She added he Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) strengthened the women’s program with funds of $20.934.00 for 6 months of project implementation.
In 2008, the government decided to implement the maternal subsidy program to help the children of vulnerable families to access to education. In 2012, the government issued law decree no. 18/2012 and extended the program across the entire territory because the numbers of beneficiaries increased substantially.
On the other hand, the National Director of Social Assistance MSS, Mateus da Silva said there were in total of 51.759 families receiving the maternal subsidy with up to three beneficiaries (children) in each family.
He said mothers who receive the maternal subsidy include single mothers or widows and a mother who has many children.
"We will conduct a research about the impact of maternal subsidy on the family, in particular how many children who were able to finish their studies and are successful," she said.
She added that currently the Ministry is making re-adjustments to the maternal subsidy to know the correct total of beneficiaries because some are over 17 years old, some are drop outs and some have since passed away but their names continues to be on the beneficiaries list.
She said this year, the Ministry began to register new beneficiaries, but the payment will only begin in 2018.

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