A FAMILY BUSINESS
Nation Nkhwazi comes from Ruarwe village, a very remote village in the northern lakeshore area of Nkhata Bay North. He is a 50 year old hawker and fisherman and supports his wife and four children, his mother and an HIV positive orphan.
Nation had this to say about the situation he was in;
“Though I have had a hawker and would go fishing, I was unable to support my family. We had difficulties getting enough food to feed us all, and I wanted to change this. I didn’t have proper fishing materials and couldn’t pay the school fees for my two daughters at secondary school.”
Therefore, in 2014, he applied for a micro-finance loan of 100,000 MKW through Temwa, in order to expand his grocery business. This loan has helped expand his hawker and it is now one of the most successful businesses in the village. Nation has electrified his shop , meaning he is able to stay open into the evenings. The income generated has allowed him to buy a canoe, tilly lamp and fishing net so he can go fishing at any time to generate further income.
Now that he has a regular income, Nation can afford to buy enough food to feed his family and their diet has improved dramatically. He’s also able to pay the school fees of 5,000 MKW per term for each of his two daughters.