Topic — Business & Entrepreneurship

Women’s Knitting Cooperative Helps Pay the Bills

Field Note — Published .

The MVP is intensely focused on raising incomes through expanding business development opportunities which include forming cooperatives and investing in machinery.

DIY Women Bring Mega-brand to Mwandama

Field Note — Published .

In Mwandama, a remote village in Malawi with no supermarket and limited internet, the community was falling right through the meshes of the consumer grid. But a group of enterprising women has achieved nothing less than a small revolution by effectively turning themselves into sales representatives for the world's second-largest consumer goods company.

Falanes: Beating AIDS Against All Odds

Field Note — Published .

Five years ago, Falanes Josephat hit rock bottom: she suspected her husband of being HIV positive, got tested and found out she was too. In poor, rural Malawi, this meant one thing: death. Five years on, not only is she still alive, she has a job and even a future.

Cassava Bread, the Sweet Smell of Success

Field Note — Published .

Martha dusts a small table with flour then starts kneading the dough, before dividing it into tennis-sized balls. Next to her, Jennifer places the balls on a tray and straight into the oven's open mouth.