Malawi is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the World, with over 50% of the population existing on less than one dollar a day. Since 2010 our work has seen communities transformed, with over 300 new co-ops created.

Our new project works with rural communities across Malawi, providing agricultural innovation, and enterprise training as well as women's empowerment, youth engagement and making grass-roots co-ops better. This has radically changed the lives of local people and we want to continue making a difference to communities across the country.

We’ve helped over 6,000 Malawians and their families, including real people like Ayami. You can read his story below.

(A young man attends to his crops)

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Ayami, like many young Malawians, dropped out of school when he was just 16 years old. His parents were unable to support him, so he was forced to move from his home in Kaphuka to Kasungu to work on a tobacco farm. Although Ayami worked long hours in excruciating heat, risking nicotine poisoning, he remained poor. He would often live on just one meal a day and go to bed hungry.

Five years later Ayami returned to his family with less than £2 to his name.

He was eventually able to find work in a Dairy Co-operative in Likoloma village that benefited from our Co-ops Combating Poverty project. When he became a member of the co-operative his livelihood improved tremendously.

Ayami was recently trained in how to produce organic fertiliser. Organic fertiliser is considerably cheaper, goes further and improves crop yield when compared to chemical alternatives. This means that co-operative members like Ayami have that little bit more and life is that little bit better.

Ayami says

In the next season, I will make more fertiliser so that I can use it for all the crops that I'm going to cultivate!

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