Malawi

Though Malawi’s economy is steadily improving, the country still faces extreme poverty, with half of the population currently living below the poverty line.

Malawi faces several social problems including poverty, where 50% of the population lives under the poverty line, and a high HIV/AIDS infection rate. Malawi is also prone to flooding from continuous and heavy rainfalls, which makes the most vulnerable of the population – those living in rural areas and whose livelihoods are based off of sustenance farming – all the more susceptible to extreme hunger.

Malawi is a country in southern Africa with an estimated population of 18.6 million people, bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania and Lake Malawi. Formerly known as Nyasaland and controlled by Britain, Malawi declared independence in 1964. Run by the dictator Hastings Banda until the 1990’s, Malawi has recently become much more democratic and its economy has been improving steadily.

Our Work In Malawi

In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicentre Strategy. An epicentre is a dynamic centre of community mobilisation and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members. Through the Epicentre Strategy 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages — giving villages more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have and increasing a community’s ability to collective utilise resources. The epicentre building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organisations. Over an eight-year period, an epicentre addresses hunger and poverty and moves along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.

The Hunger Project has been working in Malawi since 1999 and is currently empowering community partners in 12 epicentre areas to end their own hunger and poverty. Cumulatively the epicentres serve a population of 183,559 in 304 villages with an average of 25 villages per epicentre.

Through its integrated approach to rural development, the Epicentre Strategy, The Hunger Project is working with community partners to successfully access the basic services needed to lead lives of self-reliance and achieve internationally agreed-upon markers of success, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

Esme’s dream home became a reality in Malawi

Esme lives in a small, rural village in Eastern Malawi with her four children. She is a farmer and the sole breadwinner of her family. Esme’s family live in a one-bedroom dung hut – and that’s how she thought it would be for the rest of their lives....

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Louise leads a local microfinance group in Benin

Louise is from a small village in Benin, West Africa. She lives with her six children and her husband, who works the land and grows corn.    In the past, Louise wasn’t allowed to participate in decision-making, either in her own home or the...

Amina learned that she had the power to change her life

Amina used to live in chronic hunger. She could not see any way out of the repetitive daily struggle to survive. She had no hope for the future. Her life involved spending days gather wood, walking for hours to collect water, and back-breaking work...

Dennis transformed his life after training in Malawi

Before The Hunger Project came to his community, Dennis was living in severe hunger. “Sometimes I found small jobs to do in exchange for food. Sometimes I would have to beg for food. Sometimes I would have to steal from my neighbours. Often, I would...

Ndeye hopes to transform people’s beliefs and lives in Senegal

Ndeye Loum is a volunteer who has been trained by The Hunger Project in Coki, Senegal.  She lives in a village called Kane’ene Khar and says, before her training, there was no way she would have spoken in front of a group of people to talk about the...

Ndeye is encouraging others to get an education in Senegal

Taking part in workshops run by The Hunger Project got Ndeye Ndiaye thinking about her future. She had learned to read and write in school and had also taken literacy classes but she had never been inspired to put her skills into action. When she...

Bienvenu inspiring his community in Benin

For many years Bienvenu and his wife Justine have been farming chickens, turkeys and rabbits.  After attending workshops at Zakpota Epicentre in Benin, they learned how to expand their business.  They have applied for credit from the bank and have...

Abigail’s business is inspiring others in her community in Ghana

Abigail Tei is a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Boti in the eastern region of Ghana. Abigail is a local fashion designer and also the producer of a local soft drink made from hibiscus plant called Sobolo. Abigail started her business after she...

Guiré Salimata, Burkina Faso

Today, Guiré Salimata finds herself busy running a successful restaurant and providing for her five children. In 2013, before Guiré began participating in the Boulkon Epicentre Microfinance Programme with The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso, her...