Greetings everyone! Over the last few months our team across Malawi and Australia have been reflecting on our work to date. We've been dissecting the key factors underpinning our many successes and perhaps more so, our failures and the rich learnings attached to them. Why? Apart from it
The 3 Greatest Lessons I've Learnt Through 5 Years of Working in Development Jones Ntaukira here... I joined the Empower Malawi team in 2010 as a fresh young graduate with no experience about development work. A scientist at heart, equipped with theories, hope and confidence amassed from the long
Hello everyone! You might have seen our posts about our latest initiative Zuwa Energy. In fact we spent most of October raising funds (succesfully) to buy our first batch of stock. So what is Zuwa and how does this fit in with our work at Empower Projects? Our Founder and Executive Director Shanil
What is permaculture? Here at Empower Projects, we are CONSTANTLY talking about "permaculture" and whether our approaches to agriculture, community financing, technology or training are being informed by it. But what is it exactly? Why is it so important to us? Our Founder Shanil Samarakoon is
Greetings everyone. We at Empower Projects are always talking about "SACCOs"! So we thought we'd take some time to explain what they are and why we think they are so great! Community Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) are financial institutions set up by people who want to solve a common
We at Empower Projects are passionate about cooperatives. Primarily as they are a force for tremendous social, economic and environmental impact the world over! What are cooperatives exactly? Cooperatives are defined by the International Co-operative Alliance as “An autonomous association of
Here is our Founder Shanil Samarakoon's TEDx talk on "Development as Freedom". Drawing upon Amartya Sen's seminal work, this talk explore the philosophy driving our organisation's work with communities in Malawi and Sri Lanka.
Why was I doing this? What were the roots of my intentions? For while I still maintained a deep desire to lead a life of contribution ...over the years, it seemed that my approach to it was contradictory. It became clear to me upon examination that it (working on social projects) was an escape - a