• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

Case Story – Maggie Chizinga

Maggie Chizinga is a married young mother aged 26 with one child. She hails from Engalaweni village Traditional Authority Mbelwa in Mzimba district. Maggie was a tailoring student under the Satellite four months course offered to adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) at DAPP Mzimba Teachers Training College (TTC).

Before joining satellite course, she was living with her husband and relied on him as the sole provider of their home.
Because her husband relied on piece works that he got every once in a while, Maggie and her family were struggling. Maggie was thinking that she cannot do anything to help her family since she was hopeless. After joining the satellite course, Maggie is now happy since she is now able to buy food and basic needs. She is even supporting her husband in paying house rentals.

Start Up Tools Given To Graduated To Start A Business

Start Up Tools Given To Graduated To Start A Business

Graduates Learn How To Sew Various Items

Graduates Learn How To Sew Various Items

Maggie is doing her business of tailoring and has now diversified into other businesses of selling doughnuts and sweet beer. She is now happy and her life has changed.
“I am using the skills I learnt during the 4 months course at Mzimba TTC and they are benefiting me and my family greatly “ she said .
Her dream is to open a big tailoring shop in the near future and employ other girls who have no source of income.
Maggie is also a member of a village savings bank where she has so far saved MK190, 000.00 (228 Euros) of which she says she wants to buy two machines and open a shop.


The story of Mrs. Irene Davie

I am Ireen Davie, a 28 year old married woman, a mother and a tailor by profession and I come from Mbalame village in traditional authority Mkukula, Dowa district. After four months of training is various tailoring skills and knowledge, I graduated from DAPP Dowa Teachers Training College (TTC) In 2017 ready to face the world.

Teamwork through trio groups  is encouraged in the course

Teamwork through trio groups is encouraged in the course

Students learn to sew 8 different products

Students learn to sew 8 different products

I am proud to say that I am now an owner of my own sowing machine which I brought in December 2018 after saving the profits from the tailoring business as a trio (me and my other colleagues) group. As a trio, we make between Mk 10,000 –12,000 per day. Through this I have also managed to buy 3 goats and 1 pig.

Before enrolling into this course, I was a farmer. But now I am proud to say I am a DAPP graduated tailor. I thank my instructors for teaching me these skills that I am using now


Satellite Tailoring course leaving a mark

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Martha Diamond, a 24-year-old lady from Chiwaya Village, Traditional Authority Nsakambewa in Dowa District never thought she would ever be a self-reliant individual. The 24-year-old who dropped out of secondary school in form 2, heard about the DAPP Satellite centre’s four months tailoring course and didn’t waste time to enroll “After finding out, I enrolled as I had nothing to do” she said.

In November 2018, Martha graduated and went on to start her own tailoring business from which she has managed to save Mk 150,000 within seven months which she wants to buy a sewing machine. “Because of my hard work and determination, I have managed to save that money. Apart from that, I have managed to buy 60 bags of groundnuts which I am keeping and plan on selling before the next planting season” she said. Martha makes between Mk 5,000 – Mk 7,000 per week through her tailoring business.

Martha says she has seen the fruits of this project “most of my classmates like me are school dropouts and came here without any knowledge of tailoring. But as time went by, we have learnt a lot from our instructors and are thankful that the skills we have now can never be taken away from us” she said

“To DAPP, I just want to say thank you for through this project, you have changed my life” exclaimed Martha.



Case Story - Monica Patrick

Monica Patrick of village Headman Soka, Traditional Authority Dambe in Neno District is a 44 years old woman divorced woman with five children.

She had never had a pit latrine but after attending a village meeting which was conducted by DAPP field officers under the DAPP Child Aid project which aims at complementing the government of Malawi’s efforts through community empowerment in making decisions and taking actions to improve the wellbeing and upbringing of children which helps to create and ensure a safe and conducive environment for  children, she learnt a lot and made a personal decision to construct her own pit latrine in her house hold.

Hygiene practices are encouraged in the project

Hygiene practices are encouraged in the project

Children are also encouraged to use the Latrines

Children are also encouraged to use the Latrines

In the meeting I learnt that if I continue using my neighbors' latrine it will bring shame to my family. “In addition to that, I learnt that having no pit latrine in my household would attract diseases like cholera and diarrhea”. Because of this she decided to dig the pit by herself.

She molded the bricks and started to construct the housing with assistance from one of her children. She managed to make the roof and her children thatched it with grass. Then installed the toilet drop hole cover and Tippy tap with soap.

“Since then my household is free from diseases caused by poor hygiene and sanitation. I am now glad that my village is now open defecation free thanks to DAPP” said Monica.

Planning is Key in Development – Blantyre District Development Plan and Social Economic Profile Launched

On 10 May 2019, DAPP Malawi through Chilangoma Teachers Training College (TTC) participated in the launch of the Blantyre District Development Plan (DDP) and Socio-Economic Profile (SEP).
The launch took place at Chisenjere Ground in Lunzu, Blantyre district.
The Director of Rural Development Ms. Malango Bottoman was the Guest of Honour at the event and was joined by Government Officials, Development Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector.

Display made by students from Chilangoma

Display made by students from Chilangoma

Students from DAPP Chilangoma presenting

Students from DAPP Chilangoma presenting

Ms. Malango emphasized on the importance of local development planning for all the councils in the country.
“Planning is a key area in development, which tries to zero on the importance of sustainable local development,” she said.

Blantyre District SEP contains the situation analysis of the current state of development gaps and opportunities that exists in the District while the DDP contains a monitoring and evaluation framework that will be used to track the progress in the implementation of the projects.
Student teachers and Tailoring students from DAPP Chilangoma made displays of some of the products made during their course of training.
The development and launch of the documents was made possible with the financial support of USAID and UKAID through Local Government Accountability and Performance (LGAP).


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