Kapita is a rural region situated in the North of Malawi. It comprises of 38 villages and has a population of approximately 10,000 people. Starting with a project with just one village (Zatuba Village) in 2010, our collaboration expanded to include the entire region in 2012, right up to this project’s conclusion in 2017.
This video by our volunteer Kelly Fisher summarises our work across this region.
Our collaboration with this rural region involved a wide range of projects based on locally determined priorities. All projects were led by inclusive community committees and had a focus on building local capacity to self-manage by the end of our partnership. Here are some of the main projects that we collaborated on
- Access to solar electricity to over 200 households in the region, sparking a ripple effect of adoption.
- A financial cooperative to provide financial services like savings and loans.
- A peanut and sunflower oil cooperative
- Establishing two community preschools with daily breakfeast programs (a first for the region, an average of 65 students a year)
- Better facilities for the local primary school (solar, water, sanitation and a food garden)
- An Earthship community centre to house various community meetings and functions, a source of solar electricity and over 10,000L of stored rainwater.
- Over 200 trees planted to aid local reforestation efforts.
Project Impact (3rd Party Evaluation)
“We found it difficult to imagine that a woman could sit with her
husband and take decisions together about the family. As a result of this
project, the women are seated here (in the meeting place) otherwise they
would be outside, and the men would take the decisions and inform them
later. Now with this project we feel safe to sit with men and discuss.”
(Quote from Female Community Member)
“Approximately 72.3 percent of respondents emphasized their
appreciation for this project’s focus on community’s involvement noting
thatprevious work failed to engage them directly but that this
approach contributed to empowering and enabling communities
themselves to challenge traditional perceptions of their capacity and
role within society”
“Evidence of a further 15-20% of Kapita’s population purchasing solar
systems on the back of Empower’s efforts to promote solar lanterns.
Suggesting that there has been a very significant ripple effect”
“Residents of Kapita identified the establishment of two community-run
preschools as being one of them most successful programs across our
partnership. These two schools now provide early childhood education
(including a daily breakfast) to60-70 children per year. The local
principal of Kapita Primary School,Mr Mbasi Mbasi Milazi, shared that
they have already observed a notable improvement in the quality of
students starting primary school in the region.”