Case Studies

  • For years, hundreds of learners at Mcheza Primary School in the area of Traditional Authority Sawali in Balaka District, southern Malawi had to scramble for five latrines each time nature called.

  • 27 year old Charles Kabiyawo is a sanitation champion in his community of Kamoto village, Chikhwawa district, southern Malawi. Married, with one child, Charles resolved to sacrifice his time and energy to help people in his community construct latrines so that they stop open defecation.

  • Attaining an open defecation free status seems an impossible feat for Balaka as a district. But not to Ireen Taombe, a member of the Balaka District Coordinating Team (DCT).

  • Three children that look up to her for support are already a responsibility too heavy for 44 year old widow Mercy Chisungu.

  • Fanny Phiri, a 36 year old widow, earns a living by distilling and selling Kachasu, a local spirit. Like many women at Vintenga Village in the area of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district.