/Tag: Malawi


13 04, 2021

Solar Mamas Brighten Rural Malawi

2021-04-13T17:37:39-04:00Tags: |

A group of women trained as solar engineers are installing solar power in homes and schools in Lilongwe, Malawi. Called the Solar Mamas, they are made up of eight older women and have brought solar power to over 200 households in villages surrounding Lilongwe. With this extra power, students are able to attend classes or do work at the school in the early mornings and evenings, while it is dark outside. Solar power in homes makes charging phones and batteries more accessible. The Solar Mamas are also training the youth in solar engineering to pass on their knowledge. Photo Credit: Lameck Masina

21 12, 2018

Overfishing Threatens Malawi’s Blue Economy

2020-10-05T17:08:23-04:00Tags: |

Despite once providing bustling profits for fishing families, Lake Malawi — one of Africa’s largest lakes — suffers from overfishing and women in Malawi are feeling the brunt of this. The fishing industry employs close to 300,000 Malawi workers and fishers, but fish are no longer being found in abundance. Stiff competition from fishermen is drastically depleting fish levels. The fish that are now being found are smaller and priced higher, reducing the profitability of a market that used to flourish in the past. Women who used to buy fish cheaply and trade it for more, are then forced to buy from fishermen, who have also been pushed out of business, at increased prices. Moreover, they are no longer able to provide local fish as a cheap protein to their families because overfishing has left women under tight restraint. Thankfully successful community efforts have been rallied around creating bylaws that would close down the lake for a temporary amount of time to promote lake health. And it appears these laws put in place were working — a man was hit with a hefty fine for fishing on the lake when it was close. Photo credit: Mabvuto Banda