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Weʼre raising £1,000 to help empower women in rural Malawi

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Many of you wil recall that last summer I set about trying to raise money to allow a community based organisation in Malawi, Time Malawi, help a young mother Jane and her young baby. For those that don't see here Well since last years trial microbusiness project Time Malawi has gone from strength to strength and is now part way though an ambitious 2 year programme to help 370 rural Malawian women to start up new businesses.

For those of you who don't know a lot about Malawi it is one of the world’s least developed countries, ranking 173rd out of 188 countries in the 2015 UN Human Development Index. Malawi is also one of the poorest countries in the world with over 70% of the population of 18 million (World Bank, 2016) living below the poverty line of $1.25 a day. 84% of Malawians live in rural areas (World Bank, 2016) often relying on subsistence farming and piece work to provide for their families.

The Malawi government is working hard to tackle these challenges and encouraging progress has been made over recent years. Nonetheless, poverty and inequality remain to be major issues for the people of Malawi. Poverty in rural areas in particular continues to increase. A major barrier to reducing poverty in these rural communities is the heavy reliance they have on subsistence farming. Emergencies, climate change and increases in the severity and extremity of weather are all impacting the agricultural sector in southern Africa increasing the risk of poverty and hunger among rural populations, the majority of whom are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods and food security. In Malawi’s rural communities’ lack of educational and economic opportunities, entrenched views on traditional gender roles and gender inequality also contribute to growing levels of poverty among Malawi’s rural women. These challenges are only worsened by limited access to formal financial services in rural communities constraining the ability for individuals to access loans to support business creation and expansion.

Time Malawi works to empower rural women and their communities by supporting them to develop business plans and thhen by providing microloans to set up new businesses. Time Malawi believes that rural communities themselves are key to tackling many of Malawi’s social and economic challenges and that by working with and empowering local communities it is possible to create a more sustainable future.

In August this year I will be travelling to Africa, doing a self drive trip around Zambia, taking in the Lower Zambezi river, the Victoria Falls and Kafue National Park, before flying to Malawi. I would like to use this trip to fundraise for Time Malawi and so I am asking for donations which are related to the miles covered during our self drive adventure. I estimate we will cover 1500 miles so I am asking for donations of 1p per mile (£15), 2p per mile (£30), 3p per mile (£45) of 4p per mile (£60). Please note the donation will be as described here and I do not intend to clock the exact mileage and link the payment to it. Other donations will be accepted but the above are suggested donations linked to the number of miles we expect to cover.

Last year I managed to raise just short of £600 for Time Malawi so this year I want to do even better and have set a target of £1000. Please help me to reach that target if you can.

You can find out more about Time Malawi at

Thank you for your help and support.


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    • Emily  Irlam

      Emily Irlam

      Aug 7, 2018

      Sorry for the delay! Hope it all goes well. Em and Oli xx


    • Sukhvinder Lalli

      Sukhvinder Lalli

      Aug 6, 2018

      Well done Chris!


    • Steve Hodgetts

      Steve Hodgetts

      Jul 30, 2018

      Keep up the good work and have a great time doing it !!


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      Jul 30, 2018

    • Rosie


      Jul 15, 2018

      Hi Chris,Here’s my donation - apologies for the delay - very nearly forgot!Rosie


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      Megan Dawes

      Jul 9, 2018


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      Mark Lawley

      Jul 9, 2018


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