The community is reliant on subsistence farming which, in turn, is reliant on the climate. The women mostly have no paid work.
Many women are single mothers and widows, some with HIV/AIDS.
Due to poverty, men often leave the village in search of work, sometimes travelling to other countries. Some return and support their wives and families. However, many never return and some of those who do are infected with HIV.
Safe World Field Partner, SURCOD (Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation), works to facilitate self reliance and self sufficiency for the women of Chididi.
Safe World and SURCOD have launched an appeal to raise funds for the women of Chididi to implement a Sewing Skills Project, so they can learn valuable tailoring skills.
To help with the appeal for funds, members of SURCOD have made a series of films.
This in itself was not a simple task. It involved the Executive Director and founder, January Watchman Mvula, travelling across Malawi to film the women and translate their appeals into English.
Electronic transmission of the film, once January was back in the city, still involved waiting for sufficient electricity and network access to upload the films, which has taken several days.
Watch out for more films!
The Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation (SURCOD) works at the forefront of advancing empowerment of women and girls through various development projects in Malawi.
Projects include helping disdvantaged children access secondary education and developing women's community enterprises.
January Watchman Mvula, Exec Director
Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation (Surcod)
P.O. Box 45
"We believe that by reaching a woman we are reaching a nation because we know the big role the women are playing in the society.
If we are reaching the woman we are reaching the husband and all the children in the family"
For most of these women even to raise 1 dollar is a very big challenge.
With tools such as sewing machines, the women can learn a skill which can provide them with a steady income and contribute to their ability to save.
Such skills and tools would have a very big impact on their lives. They would be able to easily pass on such skills to their children.
The programme could be rolled out into other areas where we are in the process of establishing our organisation..
And it will create a bond between donors and the communities."January Watchman, Executive Director, SURCOD.