Community Energy Malawi empowers Mchinji with power

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Community Energy Malawi has bailed out thousands of households in Mchinji district—Central Malawi—Nyasa Times has learnt.

Kaunda: We are making an impact

The people range from ordinary people to struggling, in terms of the Malawi economy.

In Malawi, an average person gets about less than a dollar a day.

And, Morton Kaunda, Project Manager for Community Energy Malawi said it was not up to them to comment about their success.

“We; actually, do not like media. We like impact. And; I think there is impact,” said Kaunda.

Community Energy Malawi in Mchinji will produce over 80 kilo watts which will suffice to more than 150 households in Mchinji, the central region in Malawi.

In Malawi, the project is implemented in Mchinji, in the areas of Sitolo, Chisenga, Ndawambe and Molosiyo.

“At least we have done 46 projects. We will do more. We have liaised with communities and the project seems to be good,” said Kaunda.

The energy development officer, Chawezi Gondwe, said they are targeting 150 households and 10 business centres.

Said Gondwe: “For us communities matter. And, energy matters not just for people who work in offices but people in the remotest of areas in Malawi., said Gondwe.

But executive director for the project, Edgar Bayani, said the organisation will do more.

“We’re too old for a country to struggle. We have ideas. We need commitment from government and the corporate world to achieve,” said Bayani.

Malawi is in acute shortage of power. The Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) has not renewed their contract and the country continues to face enormous blackouts.

It was worth $350 million dollars.

But in the last week, the government, through President Peter Mutharika installed generators to curb the power challenge.

Malawians are still skeptical.

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