Poverty

Jose Mujica, the poorest and most humble president in the world

  Jose Mujica, the President of Uruguay. has made the news recently because of reports of his humble and basic style of life. Jose Mujica is the president of Uruguay,  and the poorest president in the world. He’s made the news recently because of reports of his humble and basic style of life. Some people consider that this is nothing else but a smart marketing campaign...

57% of Malawians live in grass thatched house structures

About 57 in every 100 Malawians live in grass thatched houses some 49 years after independence, a study has revealed. This statistic does not reveal what percentage of these houses leak, which is is the major concern apart from the fact the grass house structures tend to be temporary requiring rethatching every few years. This is according to the Welfare Monitoring Survey 2011 conducted between September...

Poverty forces Malawian girls into sex-work

Melisa Timosi an 18 year old sex-worker in Neno southern Malawi uses all tactics to attract masculine attention when she is at a drinking joint. At her age she was supposed to be at school either in college or at high school; however circumstances beyond her control have forced her into prostitution. The reasons that are forcing many girls into prostitution in Malawi are...

Malawians left counting rising cost of living after devaluation

A sizeable devaluation of Malawi's currency, aimed at reinvigorating the economy and wooing back international donors, has triggered steep increases in the price of basic goods and pushed many Malawians deeper into poverty. Former president Bingu wa Mutharika, who died suddenly in April, had resisted calls by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to devalue the Malawian kwacha as a way to boost exports, arguing...

PCI Malawi Distributes LIfe-Saving Food to Thousands of Families

Leading health and humanitarian organization PCI (Project Concern International) distributed 20kg of emergency food aid (pinto beans and corn/soy blend) each to over 3000 rural households in one day, working toward a goal of reaching particularly vulnerable 8000 households/month in the rural areas of Balaka and Machinga. Each ration is enough food to last three months and help hungry families survive yet another...

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