Malawi cost of living now ‘at least K131,207.00’

Life in Malawi continue to remain unbearable following revelation that for a family to live a comfortable they need K131,207.00 as their monthly income, the Centre For Social Concern(CFSC) a social-research arm of Catholic church says.

Father Jos Kuppens opening Bread Basket needs conference

Father Jos Kuppens opening Bread Basket needs conference

Cost of living in Malawi

Cost of living in Malawi

CFSC data show that the average basic needs basket for the three cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu has now shot to K131,207.00.

The report says it is unfortunate that their research have indicated that Malawians salary scales are still low.

Speaking during the Basic Needs Basket Conference in Lilongwe, CFSC Executive director Jos Kuppens said the organisation remains committed in giving research based information on how Malawian families can live the dignified lives.

CFSC data reveal that nurses and clinicians receives K81,059, Projects officers goes home with K132,516, and that on maximum some goes home with K380,000.

According to the data, Malawi journalists goe home with K71,115 as minimum and K154,388 as maximum. While teachers receive K52, 506 and K127, 000 maximum.

Bread Basket Needs is aimed at monitoring cost of living in the four cities and other urban areas.

The BNB also intends to raise awareness among urban dwellers about their right to decent way of living.

According to the CFSC a bag of maize is currently trading at K7,286 in Lilongwe while the same bag is trading at K8,500 in Zomba and K8,400 in Blantyre while the same bag is trading at K6,600 in Mzuzu.

The same data indicate that a 3 bedroom house rentals is at K31,969 in Lilongwe while the same house is at K20,960 in Zomba and K28, 292 in Blantyre while people have to pay the same house K13,286 in Mzuzu.

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17 thoughts on “Malawi cost of living now ‘at least K131,207.00’”

  1. Blossom says:

    With these hardships and some nutter is soliciting funds from the public to buy a jet for a man who lives in a palace am I hearing this right or am I dreaming somebody talk to me tell me am dreaming !!!!!

  2. Sapitwa says:

    One needs to be clever nowadays.
    Staying in your own house, having a small piece of land in the village near the towns for breeding chickens and goats , growing veggies,etc could save people from buying everything. That’s what most people do to survive.

  3. Kenkkk says:

    Yes on average taking into account people in the rural areas who form about 80% of the population, the amount of K131,207 is indeed comfortable to them but as others have said in cities that amount is not a comfortable one, should be significantly higher than that.

    In cities the level of comfortability varies from one family to another but in Rural areas it is almost the same for each family and higher than cities at such an income.

  4. sam says:

    Life is unberable due to inflation, this inflation is out of control, kwacha depreciation is out of control, but why is nobody answerable, Chuka and his team have to go they are bringing more poverty to already we poor people. Why are they still working boma not see how we are suffering. Lord please answer our prayers bring inflation down as here boma is making no efforts, they are enojoying luxurious life without blackouts while we cant even make ends meet.

  5. Zamzam says:

    Ine ndimalipira one roomed quarters ku 43 K34,000.00. The only good thing is that it’s utility free. Not bad eti.

  6. yakobo says:

    A 3bedroom house going at 31,000? Ntandire or Mtsiliza may be

  7. The Analyst says:

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    Let us agree that the cost of living is generally gone up. However, we cant agree that one needs at least K131,207.00 to live a comfortable life.

    . . . How do we define a comfortable life? Coz this can never be a universal definition. If you ask some to live on such an amount, they will die of hunger by the second day of the next month coz the amount only covers their accommodation, utility bills, and transport to and from work. If you further lend them your ear, you will hear voices of wonder as to how primary xool teachers survive.
    . . . However, others make do with amounts way below the K131, 207.00. Thus, there can never be an across-the-board yardstick to measure one’s comfort because a basket of things that make a life comfortable, is never uniform across people.
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    . . . Comfort is not necessarily what you have but how you feel about what you have hence the appreciation you give to the same. As such, some people are content with little hence comfortable and ultimately put on weight; while others never appreciate even with more. for others, the inconvenience of not owning a car is never a comfortable life.
    . . . Even if you say the figure is just an average, we have problems with averages in the presence of outliers or skewed hence not nomrally distributed data. Therefore, let us not easily cheat one another in this 21st century.
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  8. Happy Eduardo says:

    Forks, this all depends on type of house and location.

  9. Chindaxi says:

    Your data on House rentals in Lilongwe is not correct. A three bed room house decent one is not less than MK60,000 depending on the area….

    Houses are very expensive in Lilongwe than Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba….

  10. St Francis says:

    Malawi will be finished now, you mean Jos has replaced Chisoni as spokesperson for catholics. We are finished. I know Jos has just come from Vatican City , Rome.

  11. Mpolho Khon'nyanyalhiwa says:

    In Mzuzu, a common TWO bedroom house (NOT THREE BEDROOM HOUSE) goes at an average of MK20,000.00. I think a three bed room house may be at an average of MK30,000.00.

  12. Boy says:

    and then some some extremely old finance minister preaches on including salaries as part of an obstacle for doing business in Malawi. We exploited to the extreme.

  13. MAYE says:

    Much as I agree to the increase in the cost of living, I am of the feeling that this research is biased because currently a three bed-roomed house is more than the amount indicated in the research. Salaries for Nurses and clinicians is not as indicated. Find out from proper sources for you to get real results.

  14. Akatswiri says:

    True a 3 bedroom house costs around K50,000 to K60,000.

  15. Benjones says:

    Pls do you research properly.also this figures are for working class how about the poor and pepo in the villages.

  16. Matandani says:

    Which 3 bedroom house are you talking about in Lilongwe? A decent 3 roomed house can cost someone even over MK100 000-00 a month depending on the area where it is based.

  17. Sitiriti Venda says:

    An average 3 bedroom house in Lilongwe cannot cost around K31000 but a minimum of K50, 000.

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