Ending aid dependency in Malawi

The Capacity Foundation:
Working to improve lives in Malawi

Malenga Mzoma is a community in rural Malawi, East Africa, which is taking control of its own destiny by ending its dependency on foreign aid.

Discover how the Capacity Foundation is helping local people change their lives and community by building their own businesses using an innovative funding model.

developing the local economy

Economic growth in Malenga Mzoma is being driven by microloans and social enterprises, with an in-country investment programme to be launched shortly.

Ending dependence on aid

An entry-level loan of £56 is repayable over 10 months; by repaying 120%, each loan-taker contributes to the community’s Social Action Fund.

improving farming techniques

Demonstration fields train lead farmers in modern organic techniques, passing on their knowledge in a ‘cascade’ system.

increasing adult literacy

The Capacity Academy provides eight adult literacy and numeracy classes from which hundreds of people have graduated, with a further 200 currently studying.

Check out this animated guide to what the Capacity Foundation does, how we do it - and what makes us different.