Here at Empower Projects, we are CONSTANTLY talking about “permaculture” and whether our approaches to agriculture, community financing, technology or training are being informed by it. But what is it exactly? Why is it so important to us? Our Founder Shanil Samarakoon is here to explain!
Kapita Primary School is nestled atop one of the many undulating hills that stretch across the South-East Mzimba region of Malawi. To reach it, one often has two choices, a seasoned 4×4 or a long (steep) walk.
Over the last few months our team across Malawi and Australia have been reflecting on our work to date. We’ve been dissecting the key factors underpinning our many successes and perhaps more so, our failures and the rich learnings attached to them.
About 5 hours north of Lilongwe lies the district of Mzimba South East. Kapita is a large area comprised of 38 villages. The area is governed by a village head and the main source of income is farming of maize and coffee.
After a couple of days in Kapita, I am beginning to come to terms with AFT (African Flexible Time). A concept coined by my friend Chawezi to help me understand the flexible nature of Malawian scheduling. The term initially surfaced when we were expecting to do our interviews with Kapita’s largest village.
This month we have a guest blog post by our partners Matt and Wendy Napier (Walk to a Better World) We recently had the opportunity to visit some of Empower’s projects in Malawi and see first-hand the work they are doing to empower local communities. Our trip started with a tour of
If we were to encapsulate our efforts in Mpamba, Nkahata Bay across 2015, we’d say that we’ve been “sowing seeds”. Working shoulder to shoulder with community is central to our work and we recognise that this is not a process that can be rushed and forced into convenient timelines.