Waisanga Chakutanda is 29 years old, divorced with 3 children, and lives in Gochi Village, Nkhotakota. She has a paralysed right leg, but can walk with the aid of a crutch. She lives in a two bedroom house together with her 3 children, mother, sister, brother-in-law and niece.
Waisanga used to run a small fish selling business, earning 6,000 Malawi Kwacha (£9) per month. Her and her family struggled to have enough to eat, and had very little in terms of possessions. Selling fish was a difficult occupation for her, as it required a lot of walking.
Waisanga was 1 of 4 tailoring trainees trained through this programme by MACOHA in Nkhotakota district, between January and July 2014. She was a very fast learner, and has now become a skilled tailor. After training she was given a Singer sewing machine, 10 metres of cloth, and some sewing accessories. The quality of her clothes, together with the speed with which she completes orders, has guaranteed her a good reputation and many customers. She now earns 40,000 Malawi Kwacha per month (£60). As Waisanga works outside her house, she is able to look after her children at all times. She is training her aunt as an assistant, and keeps good business records. The family now have enough money for food, and can afford to buy sugar. “The children are not complaining”. Waisanga has also bought mattresses for the family, and made them all new clothes. She is saving a good proportion of her income in order to purchase materials, and has invested money in a pot selling business, which is bringing in further income for her and her family.