The Leprosy Mission (TLM) Papua New Guinea has been in the country since the 1960s yet many of us do not know much of the work that they do for our people. The Mission has been running PNG’s Leprosy
Control Programme and the team has shifted its focus to helping individuals and households affected by leprosy and disability gain improved incomes through sustainable livelihoods projects.
With this new shift in focus, the Leprosy Mission recently signed a Financial Education Partnership agreement with the Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI’s) Microfinance Expansion Project.
This partnership will help individuals and households affected by leprosy be financially educated in budget and savings.
The Country Leader of the Leprosy Mission in PNG, Natalie Smith said, “This partnership is the first of its kind for the mission!” She added that many affected by leprosy are faced with many challenges and she hopes that with the partnership these groups of people can make a better life for themselves and also benefit from the services and products provided by financial institutions.
Saliya Ranasinghe, CEFI Director said, “this partnership is one of many partnerships that CEFI/MEP has to carry out the work of financial inclusion in the country especially with the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.”
“Financial Inclusion empowers people and gives them a positive outlook on life and we will work closely with the Leprosy Mission and provide assistance through financial education”, he said.
The Leprosy Mission is tasked to provide financial education training to 3000 people and is sponsored by the CEFI’s Microfinance Expansion Project.