“Be visionary. Where there is no vision, people perish,” said the First Lady, quoting a Bible verse, as she officially launched Luchenza Women of Vision, a non-partisan group of women seeking to empower themselves and do charity works.
The grouping was founded in 2018 by women around Luchenza, a bustling trading centre in the tea-growing district of Thyolo.
The First Lady, speaking before hundreds of enchanted women decked out in dark blue and white colours, said by establishing the group, the women showed they were “thinking ahead and had seen the game far.”\
“We should always strive to think about improving our lives, to steer our lives and put our lives in our hands,” she told the women, who came from across the country and included wives of ministers and female MPs.
Accompanied by Judith Chimulirenji, spouse to the Vice President, the First Lady said: “Nobody is going to help you if you don’t help yourself first.”
Mutharika, smartly dressed in white and speaking boldly, advised the women not to be over-ambitious in their business endeavors, but to humble themselves and start small and grow slowly.
She said women need to be focused in their undertakings to be successful, and not copy what others are doing. “Be focused, do whatever you desire, but you don’t prosper when you just copy. Be tough, know what you want to do and don’t despair,” she said.
The First Lady spoke against back-stabbing each other, saying “don’t disturb those women who are focused.
She said everyone needed to do “her part…God will do the rest. God is there. Move on,” she said, adding that they should listen to God for them to make a breakthrough in their lives.
"Who is telling you you cannot have a car? Who is telling you that you can do business? Let us listen to God who gives us everything that we seek," she said.