Malawi is a landlocked nation and is consistently recorded as one of the poorest countries in terms of GDP (Gross Development Product) and the United Nations HDI (Human Development Index).
The country has limited natural resources and has a historical dependency on agriculture. 70% of exports are agricultural products e.g. tobacco, rice, tea.
We work in Central Malawi where 95% of the population live in dispersed family villages connected by dirt roads and where subsistence farming (maize, soya) is the sole source of income (for clothes, school fees).
There is no electrical or water infrastructure in the region. Water is sourced from rivers or community boreholes and electricity is sourced from scattered domestic solar panels.