Empower’s Business Development Officer in Malawi gives us a little background into his personal journey and how he has become involved with the organisation!
“I was born in a family of ten, raised up by a single parent after the death of my father. Every member of the family did their part to support the family unit.
I started my primary school when I was seven. Our nearest primary school was located 4.3 km from my home. Walking to and from school was never easy as I had no shoes to wear. I’d go to school with an empty stomach and sometimes get soaked in the rains. I chose to believe in a saying, ‘life goes on’, and indeed it went on.
When I was 13 and in standard 6. I thought of visiting the beach as often as I could. The idea was to at least find a way of supporting myself with my schooling let alone helping the family at home.
I started drawing post cards after seeing a number of boys who were doing the same at the beach. I teamed up with them and my life became a little easier. I eventually became a ‘beach boy’. I worked extremely hard to improve my craft so as to sell more postcards and make money. ‘Hard work pays’ pays as the saying goes. I was selected to secondary school and then got selected to the University of Malawi .
School fees became a problem again as I needed a lot of money to support myself. I then decided to take my talent to the streets. This is how I met Karsten Horne (CEO of Reho Travel) and upon understanding my needs he decided to help me with the selling of my post cards in Australia and helped me with my education till I graduated.
What has inspired me to work with Empower Malawi is the idea of paying back the good that others have done for me. Now I am happily working with Empower Malawi in Mpamba to give back to my own community. Thank you Karsten Horne for your timely support. You changed my life!”