Diaspora Malawians urged to invest in motherland

Malawians living in the diaspora have been urged to invest in their country of origin by initiating development programs that empower rural communities to fight poverty.

Temwa Wright, Pamoza International Executive Director
Temwa Wright, Pamoza International Executive Director

Temwa Wright, executive director of Pamoza International Organisation, said recently when M’belwa District Council officials led by District Commissioner Thomas Chirwa toured development projects her organisation is implementing in the district.

Wright who is based in Pennsylvania said her organisation is implementing various development projects in Zowe of Traditional Authority Chindi in the district that aim at empowering local communities to fight poverty.

The projects range from Christian outreach, health, agriculture, education and small scale business enterprises.

Pamoza International has already injected over K54 million in projects in Mzimba that include school bursary for both secondary and tertiary students, school feeding programs, construction of a bridge, clinic and other social amenities.

She said Malawians living in the Diaspora need to think of back home, of how they can help improve the lives of the people living in rural areas languishing in poverty.

Wright  said those who have amassed wealth in the Diaspora should think of investing in their mother land in various spheres of life.

“We go out there in search of greener pastures, why can we not make the pastures green by investing in our own country?” she queried.

Wright said she has noted with sadness that many people from other countries come to invest in Malawi, make a fortune and go while there are many Malawians in the Diaspora with the financial ability to make a positive change in their motherland but they are doing nothing.

District Commissioner for Mzimba Thomas Chirwa commended Pamoza International organization for complementing government efforts in improving the lives of people especially those living among the rural masses.

Pamoza International is a Christian non-profit making organization established in 2004 by Professor Dr. Mike Mtika, a senior sociology lecturer at Eastern University in Philadelphia, USA.

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5 years ago

u we are paying taxes cant u c that monies to be used for these project r stolen by these pple for example 577. this is supposed to be govts responsibility but kuba. as This MP from the North he will tell u about the 7

5 years ago

panganitu dual nationality

Ine mu diaspora
Ine mu diaspora
5 years ago

Kadziko kathuka it is not only landlocked but everything locked. From information locked, transport locked, infrastructure locked, electricity locked, running water locked, thought locked, Internet locked. Fact , it is so expensive to do anything in Malawi. Internet prices are over the roof, there is no proper transportation to speak of, ine I envy my Kenyan or Nigerian friends they go home for holiday and they pay 600 dollars for flight but I have to pay double that to come to Malawi. When I remit money by western union I pay higher fees sending to Malawi than I do when… Read more »

Fisi Dausi
Fisi Dausi
5 years ago

We can not unless you fire the 7 thieving ministers. We have the money and God has indeed blessed us with too much cash here in the diaspora. But as long as team Chaponda is in cabinet, we will never remit our cash over there, never!

It is patriotism that encourages one to invest at home. Zoona mmene mwachititsira dziko lathu manyazi anthu kumationa ngati ndife makoswe, kapena afisi – can one be encouraged to be patriotic? Macadet tu!

5 years ago

Main stumbling block is, if you invest your hard earned foreign currency in Malawi, you will find it very difficult getting some of it back! It’s a fact and based on experience! You heard it. Some of us have tried for many years to invest in our country but can’t even get some of the money we invested out of the Malawi because of the so-called foreign exchange controls. It’s kind of like one way traffic! If you plan to invest hoping to get the margins back in foreign currency, forget it! Stay away…

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