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As we travelled around rural Malawi whether by local bus or car I became quite addicted to roadside snacks. Whilst there were some marvellous restaurants in big cities like Lilongwe or Blantyre I liked to chat with the roadside vendors and enjoy the food they produced. Here chicken and chips is on the menu and it tasted delicious.
Down by the side of Lake Malawi at Nkhata Bay I thought I would find fish and chips but instead there was fried bananas and chips. Chips seemed to go with everything. Is that perhaps the Scottish influence left by David Livingstone and all the Scottish missionaries.
At a rural bus station I was chatting to the guys cooking the food for the passengers. They were incredibly friendly and as we talked about their businesses they offered me samples of their food. Some were selling chicken, some offered deep fried goat offal and some did pork. Only when the bus driver sounded the horn and the other passengers scrambled to get back on the bus did I realise had hadn’t paid for the food I’d eaten. These guys were trying to make a living so I hurriedly tried to give them some cash. But to a man they all refused and waved smiling as my old battered bus drove back on to the road.
Small birds roasted over a fire and presented on sticks. The seller said he had caught the birds using a net. They tasted a bit like pigeon, which is perhaps not surprising.
Simple agricultural village in Malawi, north of Lilongwe near Chinteche. Despite being marked as a main road it was actually a rock strewn track. Lorries and public transport minibuses left great clouds of dust in their wake. Boys selling mangos from the many trees growing in the area near Nkhotakota. Passing buses and cars stop to buy agricultural produce sold by the roadside. Delighted boys display their catch from a river near Nkhata Bay. Presumably fish that were not sold were taken home to eat.
Farmers daughter. We chatted to her and her mother on their small farm outside Mzuzu. Her mother told us that the local government had given them a loan to buy a calf. As part of the service the government vet called regularly to give the cow inoculations and give advice on rearing the cow.
Frank, Allan, Tione and Ernest relaxing on Livingstonia Beach on Lake Malawi. Allan ran a course here on strategic planning to help these senior managers plan the future for Umodzi Consulting. This was part of a three month project financed by the Scottish Government. Umodzi means partnership in the local language. The company was set up to help local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) particularly those in rural areas. The guys were supported by Challenges Worldwide an Edinburgh based NGO and won contracts from USAid to assist on agricultural projects.
Consultants Sungeni, Timothy, Kisembe and Ruth listening with rapt attention during a training session in an outside shelter at the offices of Umodzi Consulting. They were very nice people and an absolute joy to work with. They already held degrees and professional qualifications like accountancy and were keen to make an impact in the Malawian business community.
Margaret training Kisembe and Ruth on the finer points of networking at conferences and seminars. They became extremely efficient at making valuable business contacts.
Conference on ISO9001 Quality Management Standard run by Umodzi in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Tione the Managing Consultant is standing behind and to the right of Allan. The conference was supported by the Malawi Bureau of Standards with the Director General being the key speaker.
Ernest and his lovely family in their house in Blantyre. Ernest was the admin assistant and driver and a keen Arsenal supporter.
Woman returning home from the market walking along the lane lined with brilliant Jacaranda trees outside the offices of Umodzi Consulting in Blantyre.