Life Among Malawi Villages

Women pounding grain for the evening meal in Khulungira Village, in central Malawi (Photo credit: ILRI)

Life among the Malawi villages is very different than that of other cultures. Unique in their beliefs and way of life, Malawians are a part of the Bantu population that, in the beginning of the early 20th century, migrated to North Africa.

As opposed to other parts of the world where establishing a home and land requires mortgages and endless paperwork, in the Malawi villages it is as simple as getting approval from surrounding neighbors in order to establish a piece of land in which to build a home.

Groundnut farmer in Malawi (Photo credit: ILRI)

Women in the Malawi villages dominate the home but take on separate roles than men. They are generally known to cater to the men as a way of cultural beliefs and rituals. When a Malawian woman is married, she may serve a plate of food to the parents of her husband on her knees in a tradition that is carried out commonly within Malawi.

tiny village (Photo credit: meaduva)

Education among Malawian people is quite different from that of other parts of the world. Only a small percentage of Malawian people are literate and able to read and most of them are men.

School visit (Photo credit: Birgitta Seegers)

However, there are a few schools within the area that are designed to help those who desire and can afford an education, although more often the parents who have the means necessary and can afford to send their children to school will often opt for sending them abroad to a country such as the US or the UK.

Farm landscape in central Malawi (Photo credit: ILRI)

The average Malawian women will give birth to at least five or six children, though it is unfortunate that less than half of these children will maintain mortality past the age of five. For the children who survive, they are kept under strict rules and control by their parents until the child has become old enough to leave home. Attending to chores, helping to raise young siblings and collecting the water for family are just a few of the things expected among children of Malawi.

Local football teams (Photo credit: Birgitta Seegers)
Malawi 2008-196 (Photo credit: Scott Gregory)
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village (Photo credit: meaduva)
Groundnut farmer in Malawi #2 (Photo credit: ILRI)
Girl peels potatoes for the evening meal in Khulungira Village, in central Malawi (Photo credit: ILRI)

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