William Lifa is a 19-year-old boy from M’bawa Village in Balaka. He’s a happy boy, with a contagious smile. He also has a lot to smile about. He was lucky enough to get a visit from The Minister of Gender, Mary Navicha who came to congratulate him on his selection to University after passing his Malawi Secondary Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations with 10 points.
Agness Nyirongo is a 62-year-old grandmother. She shares her two-roomed grass thatched house in Mlongoti village, Rumphi District in northern Malawi with two of her children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Located just a few kilometres from the main town, Mlongoti is a poor village full of small houses. Just like Agness’ family, most of the families in this village earn a living from subsistence farming.
Ibrahim Karim has lived all his life in a small village in Machinga District, Southern Malawi. The farthest he has been from home is about 54 km away from his village, to a town within Machinga. His dream is to travel, see more of his country, more of the world.
In the eastern part of Malawi, about a 100km north of the commercial city of Blantyre lies Machinga district. It borders Mozambique to the east and is home to just over 600,000 people.
Chilumba Secondary School is located within the hills of Salima, bordering Dedza District. To get to the school, one has to endure a rocky, hilly ride on mountainous terrain that is even more difficult to navigate in the rainy season. The school is in an isolated area, with little activity and far from essential social services such as hospitals.
earing birds tweet every morning and watching trees sway as the Dedza winds sweep over Kasonkanje village is the everyday atmosphere that 15-year-old Doreen Limbani wakes up to. Born in a family of three, Doreen is the second born daughter in the family of the Limbani's.
Chikwawa district, in Southern Malawi was one of the hardest hit by the March 2019 floods. The area consists of low-lying plains, making it vulnerable to flooding every rainy season. Jacqueline Devison, 21, is no stranger to this.
Jalo Primary School is in Nkhotakota district, off the main road towards Mzuzu district in northern Malawi. It is home to 2155 students (1103 girls and 1052 boys), In summer, Nkhotakota is hot due to the hot air that blows over the school from the nearby Lake Malawi. Despite the school’s proximity to the lake, the school has had water problems since it was established in 1978.
lina Daniel is a bubbly 38-year-old mother. She resides in Mb’awa village in Balaka district with her husband and four children. Alina’s husband is disabled, and she weaves mats for sale as the family’s main source of income. In fact, outside their home there are plenty of mats that are visible. The opportunity to start the mats business was made possible when the family was put on the Social Cash Transfer Programme in 2014.
Bvumbwe Health Centre is located along the M2 Road in Thyolo district, some 23 kilometres from Blantyre. The first thing one notices once inside the health facility is people sitting or sleeping on the lawn close to the health centre’s main gate. Then one is hit by the sounds of a hospital—crying babies afraid of needles.