Malawi, Nr Dedza, Khulungira village
Khulungira is a village in central Malawi, near the border with Mozambique. About 150 families live here. It is 27 km from the nearest paved road and 50 km from the nearest town.
Khulungira is not a model village. It has benefited from a number of aid projects, and you can clearly see the impact of those. But the villagers are still poor. There is no electricity and no running water. No one here owns a car or a motorcycle. Few parents can afford to send their children to secondary school.
The people of Khulungira grow their own food, cut their own firewood and build their own houses. When they need money, a family member will gather some produce (a bowl of dry beans, a baby goat, a basket of fruit) and walk or ride a bicycle to a small market about 20 km away. They’ll use the earnings to buy items like lamp oil, schoolbooks or salt.
Farmer Louis Chilaura, 37, learned “budding” techniques from Concern Universal four years ago, and his fruit-tree operation has taken off. He has built a small plastic nursery behind his hut, where he grafts and grows improved varieties of mango, orange, tangerine and peach. His earnings have allowed him to buy $400 worth of fertilizer for his other crops, as well as a cell phone.