Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Prosperity enables people to do so much to influence the determinants of health in their favour. If they have sufficient income, they can build secure roofs over their heads, have access to clean water, and buy nutritious food for themselves and their families, seek healthcare, etc. Local industries create opportunities for local employment and income.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with a low human development, ranking 171 out of 189 countries on the 2017 Human Development Index. In 2017, about seventy-one per cent (71%) of the population still lived below the income poverty line of US$1.25 a day. Eighty-one per cent (81%) of all persons aged 15 years and over are subsistence farmers without a regular income.
It would appear that having an education only marginally changes the opportunity for paid employment, as 61% of those who have had a secondary school education also get by as subsistence farmers. Identifying local talent and skills for establishing small scale local enterprises will therefore be central to Umoyo's activities.