Sunday, September 24, 2023
HomeDevelopmentMy Take On It:  Malawi youth taking back economic platform — Women...

My Take On It:  Malawi youth taking back economic platform — Women in the mix


 18 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 20 She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night. 22 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:18, 20, 22

In the previous These Freedoms, a discourse started that advanced the view that the World Bank and IMF-engineered Malawi Privatization Program in 1994 whereby the Malawi Government was led, advised, caused to sell its shares in national commercial enterprises, with the stroke of a pen, created nationwide joblessness and widespread poverty in the country. The closing or downsizing of numerous companies like David Whitehead and Sons, Press Corporation companies (Press Farming), SUCOMA now Illovo Sugar (Malawi) (owned by Associated British Foods plc, which operates in 52 African countries), has caused a mad rush of large populations from rural Malawi into urban centers, and the rise of informal businesses in the form of either shantytown street outlets or roving vendors.

The discourse introduced five upwardly mobile youths that are harnessing the poverty storm in the same manner William Kamkwamba harnesses the wind with his windmills; these youths are looking poverty in the eye and introducing very enterprising and energetic businesses. The discourse encourages the Malawi Government, and indeed even established Malawian businesses to get involved by among others creating laws that will help these grow; they could also consider buying shares as an engine for their growth.

In a social media discussion on a diaspora forum, Malawi Counsul-General in the US, Jordan Price said that the Japan and China connection in Malawi was an interesting one. He informed the group (Malawi Diaspora Forum, that a Mr. Charles Nthenda was writing a history of JICA volunteers in Malawi from the program’s inception in 1971 to its Covid19 interruption 2021,” in what Price calls “ a neat 50 years” of cooperation. Price said that Nthenda’s undertaking is a joint study with a Japanese researcher at the University of Tokyo who was herself a JICA volunteer in Malawi.

Joining the discussion, many discussants agreed that JICA had done a lot for Malawi wherein in the 50 years of operation in Malawi the organization brought to the country volunteers in a variety of projects including in the health sector.

Steering the discussion to government enterprises, I expressed my deepest wishes of all time. This was I heartily desire for some researcher to conduct a study on the impact of the friendship between Tiny Rowland and former Malawi President Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda. When viewed with a wide lens view, it would reveal that Mr. Tiny Rowland(the name belies his physic – he was super tall giant of a man) through the projects he funded during Banda’s 31-year rule was one powerhouse study in job creation.

Out of Mzuzu, a Chocolate maker

Continuing with the youth entrepreneurs, young Wezi Mzumara’s Malawi Chocolate lady (Kwanza Cocoa) highlights that women too are in this trajectory of injecting energy in Malawi’s economic undertakings. On her website, Wezi states that she appreciates all the support she is getting from her local customers!

Wezi says she is currently focused on the local market, but she believes by next year she will be ready to enter the export market. Anyone interested can engage her as she plans out for this. The items she is selling and make orders for local delivery are Tamarind Dark Milk Chocolate (commonly known as bwemba), Mango Kambuzi & Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, Masala Dark Milk Chocolate, Espresso Dark Chocolate (uses a Nigerian coffee brand), and Cocoa Powder (for use to brew a hot drink.

Fashion designer hosting fashion shows to raise money for philanthropy

Jessie Kachule, one of many young women entrepreneurs in Malawi, is a cosmetologist by profession who studied at Pivot Point Kenya. She currently owns a salon Solange which she has operated since 2012, that offers both hair and beauty services. Gifted with a creative eye, Solange has seven employees.

 On the clothing side where she produces fabric and leather products, Jessie has partnered with “an amazing tailor who has been making clothes for over thirty years, the celebrated Mr. Kellie Sapangwa,” Jessie told me in a telephone interview.

Through this partnership, I saw a great opportunity to learn and create with the best! We not only make clothes for the young and old but also bags, we also cater to a growing international clientele, mainly in the US.  This section has three employees. 

In 2016 Jessie registered a shoe company called Armasi Shoes. Which means diamond in the rough. It was that, yes we are a nation that people discard but beautiful things come out of there too. Armasi makes both fabric and leather shoes. This section of the enterprise has five employees. She told me that five percent of every products that the sector makes goes into philanthropy such as funding students and recently helping survivors of Cyclone Freddy.

She said that as all the businesses are in one place and makes her undertakings a “one stop shop for your beauty and family needs!”

This past week, Kachule visited “Malunda camp and you could see how downcast people were. We took them 60 blankets we were short as there were 79 people. We also bought 20 pieces of cloth, but these were not enough. This camp is in Mulanje/Phalombe districts. They call the place Kuseli, as in Kuseli kwa phili.

“There is no road access and helicopters are the ones bringing relief. Unfortunately it’s not enough. I took blankets because they ddnt have any at all. And as you know, Phalombe is very cold. The lucky ones who escaped with cloths were using those to cover themselves at night. But others were covering themselves with a mosquito net all night,” she told me.

The first time I worked with this energetic young Jessie Kachule, was in 2013 when she brought a trunk of clothes to a fashion show held in the Trump Towers, a stone-throw away from the United Nations.

Kachule was helping a US NGO (US Counsel for Women run by the late Mary Singletary) raise funds for fistula work in Malawi.

It would be a bone to Malawi’s work in poverty eradication to get involved with the youth that have been paraded in these two articles.

Up, Up, Upward with Malawi’s upwardly mobile youth!

Janet Karim
Janet Karim
Author, high school Learning Disabilities Teacher, candidate Master of Education Special Education, Mason University; highly organized, charismatic and persuasive Communications Specialist and accomplished Journalist, Editor with 41 years in the communications field, offering expertise in all phases of print, broadcast, telecast, and social media productions. Enthusiastic story teller. Highly-motivated and trained media professional possessing exceptional writing and editing skills with ability to draft engaging and effective content; Opinion column contributor for leading national dailies (Maravi Post - 2015-PRESENT; Nation Malawi - 2015-PRESENT; Times Malawi (2004-2007). Other areas of expertise include grant writing and NGO project management. Highly trained in international, regional and local lobbying and election skills. Collaborates with international companies to initiate development policy change and foster public awareness, with deep commitment to social justice and health care equity; especially in work towards women's political, economic, and social empowerment; ending child, early and forced marriage; and promoting the human rights of the elderly. Advocate for highlighting climate change its effects on the planet. International development work experience with the United Nations headquarters (10 years, and two years UNDP field work); field experience (Malawi) - Oxfam, UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO. Superb public speaker who communicates effectively with target audiences through strategic one-to-one or large audiences, expert in event planning and PR campaigns. Conscientious, diplomatic, and tactful in all communicationsg.
- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Recent Comments

James Hastings Chidule on Malawi’ fistula recovery at 86%
WELLINGTON WITMAN MOSELIJAH LUNDUKA on The history of Ngoni Maseko in Malawi
Lisa Frank on Home
azw3 on Home
Define Regtech on Home
Tobias Kunkumbira on Malawi to roll out Typhoid vaccine
arena plus nba standings 2022 to 2023 ph on Home
David on Home
마산출장 on Home
Cristina Thomas on Home
Alicia Alvarado on Home
The History of online Casinos – Agora Poker – hao029 on The History of online Casinos
Five factors that will determine #NigeriaDecides2023 - NEWSCABAL on Leadership Is Difficult Because Governance Is Very Stubborn, By Owei Lakemfa
Asal Usul Texas Holdem Poker – Agora Poker – hao029 on The Origins of Texas Holdem Poker
Malawi has asked Mike Tyson to be its cannabis ambassador - Techio on Malawi lawmaker Chomanika against Mike Tyson’s appointment as Cannabis Brand Ambassador over sex offence
Finley Mbella on Brand Chakwera leaks Part 1
Maria Eduarda Bernardo on The 2021 Guide to Trading Forex Online
Atsogo Kemso, Political Foot Soldier on Why MCP and UTM Alliance Will Fail
Em. Prof. Willem Van Cotthem - Ghent University, Belgium on Malawi army, National bank cover Chilumba barrack with trees
Christopher Murdock on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Samantha The Hammer on Why dating older woman is dangerous?
Muhindo Isevahani on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
JCON/SCOAN/BKN(888/8885/8808) on The Cold War Against TB Joshua
Keen Observer on Jesse Kabwila, Then and Now
Francesco Sinibaldi on Advertising in 2020 and beyond
VICTORIA NAMENE FILLIPUS on Is TB Joshua not another religious fraudster?
Andrew Jisaba on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Roseline Ariaga on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Edmore Tembo on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Arvind Mohan Dass. T on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Francis zvomuya on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Julius Bolokwe on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Esther lotha on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Okechukwu Cletus Igwe on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Justin sahando on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Samson orubor john on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Lizzie Tendayi on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
AKAMAH ANDREWS on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
AKAMAH ANDREWS on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
AKAMAH ANDREWS on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Judith Wingo on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Hlohonolofatso on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Jantie Lupaji Lupaji on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Phillimon Kgasago on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Ferdinand Parangan on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Natasha Oloishiro on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Anthony Orimolade on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Anthony Orimolade on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Kelly Chisulo on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Orville Raposo on TB Joshua Finally Exposed?
Elizabeth Van Niekerk on Black Rhino Moved from SA to Eswatini!
Bob Finye on