Ruth Mumba, helping Mbando village with health and technology

Ruth Mumba started volunteering when she was 17-years-old. Her volunteering spirit took her to enriching 95 households from a Facebook encounter in Mbando village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mposa in Machinga- through a non-profit organisation, Abundance. Abundance was founded by three friends, Deepa Pullanikkatil from Swaziland, Cyril Anand from Qatar and Thangam Pillai in India. Deepa…

Agnes Kanjala creating digital financial platforms/ uplifting farmers lives

Agnes Kanjala designs digital financial services products geared toward achieving financial inclusion in Malawi and Zambia. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow, a flagship of Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) which draws outstanding young people making a difference in their communities across Africa. Attending Oklahoma State University, in the US on leadership in business…

Catherine Gotani Hara

 Catherine Gotani Hara is the First Female Speaker of Parliament in the history of Malawi, a lawmaker with the country’s main opposition party, Malawi Congress Party (MCP). She has served the country in various capacities both from the professional sphere to political spaces. “I thank God for the opportunity. I am humbled,” says Gotani Hara…

Breaking the silence on menstruation

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day that raises awareness and combats taboos associated with menstrual hygiene. It aims to enable women and girls to achieve their full potential. Many girls continue to face the wall in conversations to do with menstruation and many boys have not been brought up to speed on the subject. Access…

PolyMed Sacco surplus down 41% to K40m

  PolyMed Savings and Credit Cooperative (Sacco) has posted a K40 million surplus in the year ended December 31 2018, a 41 percent drop from the previous year’s K68.7 million. Speaking during the 22nd Annual General Meeting in Blantyre on Tuesday, the Sacco’s chairperson Albu Mkomadzinja attributed the drop to a harsh business environment characterised…

Towera nyirenda: the crown of three sports

Many families have contributed so much to the joys, freedoms and successes of this country. Many more continue to fly high Malawi’s flag in the international arena. The victories wouldn’t be complete in sports, especially without highlighting Malawi’s own Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, the 31-year-old unwavering defender, whose skills have been a rock for the national netball…

Martina mchenga: winner of overseas development institute fellowship

Twenty-nine-year old economics and statistics PhD student Martina Mchenga is the winner of this year’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) international fellowship. Excited at the opportunity, Martina, states that ODI fellowship is a great opportunity for her to use technical and research skills she has gained over the years. Winners receive a two-year employment tenure in…

Women’s manifesto takes duty bearers to task

The Women’s Manifesto was launched on Thursday by women and gender players with pertinent issues that have been neglected by duty-bearers for long time. The manifesto carries priority areas affecting women such as education, health, agriculture as well governance and leadership. It also tackles women’s access to justice, social, religious and cultural issues; women’s access…