Ending aid dependency 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.
Economic growth in Malenga Mzoma is being driven by microloans and social enterprises, with an in-country investment programme to be launched shortly.
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.
Demonstration fields train lead farmers in modern organic techniques, passing on their knowledge in a ‘cascade’ system.
The Capacity Academy provides eight adult literacy and numeracy classes from which hundreds of people have graduated, with a further 200 currently studying.