THE delay in the distribution of the Presidential Marketeers Empowerment Fund by Government in Lusaka is worrying marketeers who say their businesses are failing to excel due to insufficient funds.
Some marketers talked to said they were worried as they did not know what was causing the delay on the ground.
Grace Kaonga, a marketer from City Market, said her business was not doing well due to lack of injection of capital.
She hoped that the process of distributing presidential funds for marketeers in Lusaka could begin soon before her business shuts down.
“All I am asking for is for Government to speed up the process; on my part my business is not doing well at the moment because I don’t have enough money to keep it going,” she said.
And Speaking on behalf of the hearing impaired marketeers Joan Kabwe urged Government to quicken the process as it was going to help the disabled marketeers.
She noted that over 300 marketeers with impaired hearing had registered and were awaiting funding.
“We have members who are doing business and have registered; they have been asking when they will be given the funds,” she said.
But Zambia National Marketeers Credit Association president Mupila Kameya said discussions concerning the distribution of the funds in Lusaka were still under way. He urged marketeers not to despair as the initiative launched by President Edgar Lungu was real.
“As an association, in preparation for the same, we have gone down on the ground to ensure that every marketer is enrolled and sensitized to understand what this empowerment is and how are they going to acquire it.