Tag Archives: Malawi
Stanly, Janet, and other new grant recipients completing their business plans with the guidance of Canaan Gondwe (standing).

Success Story: Fikani Bicycle Transporting Service

Business Members: Stanly Kumwenda (23), Janet Banda (20), Harry Kumwenda (child) Product: Bicycle Transportation Services Area served: Manyamula, Malawi Received SIA grant: $100 on October 9, 2014 Profit after 3 months: $105 Stanly and Janet married young. His parents never had money for enough food or clothing for everyone. The newlyweds were eager to start […]

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Rock on, Emmanuel!

“Feel welcome, feel welcome!” The band – with keyboard, a drum kit, and a whole line of singers – sang us into the full meeting hall.  The music, the dancing, the warm smiles certainly made us feel very welcome. Boyd and I settled in to meet and share with the members of the Manyamula COMSIP Cooperative […]

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*See* Spirit in Action! New video!

SIA Volunteer Extraordinaire, Carmen Hernandez, created this beautiful film for us using footage and photos captured by Boyd Cothran during our visit to Africa (Summer 2014). Her aim was to show what we do, and how we try to have a positive attitude in all our endeavors. Thank you, Carmen! (For more of Carmen’s non-SIA work, visit her website: http://www.isntitbeautiful.co.uk)

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Rev. Issac has hired these two young men to form bricks for a new rental house. They will make about 15,000 bricks for the project, which will be left to dry for 3 days in the sun. The bricks will then be  burned to increase their strength. The men will earn about 1 cent per brick, or about $150 for the whole project.

Malawi Small Business Fund in Five Photos

Five photos from our visit with Small Business Fund families in Manyamula Village, Malawi in July. For more about the Small Business Fund, read the FAQs here.   Read more stories about Spirit in Action in Malawi!

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A boy laughs as he jumps into Boyd's photo of a sack of maize.

What’s in a smile?

The bright, sun-flooded room was filled with community members. They were excited to welcome us as visitors from the US to their rural village in northern Malawi. They sang; a guy played the keyboard and another a makeshift drum set. And then there sat the local traditional leaders of Manyamula Village. All looking bored and […]

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