JOHANNESBURG. – Hello Group, a financial technology firm, has launched its mobile money transfer service in Malawi and Zimbabwe. Through its money transfer service, Hello Paisa, Malawians who work abroad can send their families much needed funds, which they can now collect at any Malawi Post and First Merchant Bank branch. In Zimbabwe, Hello Group has forged strategic partnerships with popular retailers such as TM Stores, Pick ‘n Pay, Telecash and Zimpost for a similar service.
Siya Bhebhe, a six-year-old girl from Botswana, makes a trip to a small village in the south of Zimbabwe, to give toys and teaching aids to school kids. ABC’s Dingani Masuku documents her journey.
Filabusi, a district in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province, is dry despite this being the rainy season.
The rains are late this year and farmers are anxious, as they entirely depend on them for the little subsistence agriculture they engage in.
While the superstar names recently nominated for a Grammy grabbed the headlines, the most unexpected nominees were a group of male and female maximum security prisoners in Malawi, many of whom are serving a life sentence. The Zomba Prison Project’s I Have No Everything Here scored a surprise nomination in the Best World Music Album category, and Al Jazeera peered inside the making of the LP.
“The idea had been fermenting for quite a long time,” producer Ian Brennan said of the undertaking. “Wanting to not only to give voice to people who are under-heard or underrepresented internationally, but also to go even deeper into some of the most under-heard and underrepresented people of these populations. My belief is almost everyone is musical and I think that people that are under-heard have even more to express potentially.”
You’d be pushed to find a more uplifting display of the transformative power of renewable energy.
In a one-room house in rural Malawi, the little face of six-year-old Rachel is framed in a soft white halo.
On a bamboo mat lies a maths book alongside a bundle of fine twigs that she shuffles to help her arithmetic.
The rest of the village is in total darkness but thanks to the lamp – bought with the help of UK government aid – Rachel’s school grades are improving now she can study at home.
In a nearby village, solar panels on a school roof – Donated by the Scottish government – have improved results, as well as providing an extra income source from charging phones and car batteries.
Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp, a sprawling former political prison housing 20,000 internally displaced people, is an unlikely home for a vibrant arts festival.
The Tumaini arts festival’s Congolese founder, Menes La Plume, is clear in his ambitions: he wants to change the way refugees are perceived across the world, and he’s doing so by showcasing their creative talent.
Musician Danny ‘Sirius’ Kalima on Malawi
For the second year running, musicians, poets and dancers came together for the Tumaini arts festival. This year’s edition featured 18 acts from Malawi, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Monica Makeya Dzonzi is a co-ordinator at the youth centre in the Malawian city of Blantyre that organises training in computer, sports and life skills.
A Unicef Youth Ambassador, she is an inspiration for the children who flock to the Ayise Bangwe Youth Centre.
She tells the BBC about how her tough childhood made her determined to get an education.