Economy

WOMEN SHARE THE LOAD

Labor Sharing is an Everyday Reality Lilongwe, Malawi … In a land where it takes everyone working together to survive, it is not unusual to see a female tribal chief administering the life of the village, or a group of women carrying water along a dirt path, or women wielding hoes in order to plant…

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CHRISTIANS FAR EXCEED NUMBER OF BIBLES

It’s a Sunday morning, and not uncommon for Christians to flock to their respective places of worship. Malawi has a very high percentage of Christians, and the Bible is the most important tool for any Christian. It is the Word of God. This Sunday morning, I traveled 40 minutes north of Malawi’s capital city and…

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UNDER FIVE MINUTES!

Lilongwe, Malawi … In the U.S., Dick Stephens has a document he needs to be sent overseas. He walks to the next room, raises the lid on a 2018 model print/copy/scan HP printer, and lays the document in position. He lightly touches the word marked “scan”, and around the edges of the closed lid, He…

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Groundbreakings and Cornerstones

Lilongwe, Malawi … One usually schedules a “groundbreaking” as an event that precedes the work of the contractor to begin construction. It is like the opening gun at the Kentucky Derby, or the Indianapolis 500. Bang … and we are off and running, but not before you hear the signaling gunshot. But it does not…

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TOP TASTE IN TEA

While sporting one of the smallest land masses in Africa, Malawi comes in number two in the production of tea. Only Kenya, with a land mass nearly five times as big, produces more tea.   Malawi’s tea industry dates back to its meager beginning in 1878. It blossomed in 1891 with the coming of Henry…

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ONE OF THE WORST DISASTERS EVER

The cyclone that struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe this past week is being referred to by the United Nations as, “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.” Two million people have been affected, and destruction is spread over a land mass of 1,200 square miles. Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city…

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NETFLIX FEATURES MALAWI 14-YEAR-OLD

Kasungu, Malawi … The rains had been timely and plentiful, and a bumper crop was predicted. The World Bank read the indicators and saw an opportune moment to call on Malawi to reduce its debt to the World community. In order to make the required payments, it was necessary to sell a large portion of…

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“I’LL HAVE A HAMMER NOW”

Hammer with nails on a rough hewn wooden board

In 1949 Peter Seeger and Lee Hays released a song called, “If I had a Hammer”. The song did not reach the top of the charts until the trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded it 13 years later. Their version of the folk song became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in August 1962.…

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BICYCLES ARE LIKE CARS

For a nation where the average person, (1) walks 10 miles a day, (2) will seldom ride in a motorized vehicle, (3) and has little or no expectation of ever owning a galamoto (car), having a bicycle changes one’s life for the better, makes one the pride of the village, and offers a new array…

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BACK TO OUR ROOTS

Plants, Leaves and Shrubs Records indicate the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of health problems extends far back in history. One of the earliest records comes from a Sumerian clay slab, recorded about 5,000 years ago, and giving recipes for the use of 250 plants recognized for their medicinal values. Other examples include…

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