Meet Margret Stande. She’s a compilation of women I’ve met in Machinga district, rural Malawi – all facing dire circumstances and looking to Village Savings and Loans (VSL) for help.
Margret is aged 35 and has four children. She and her husband Stephano are subsistence farmers, just like the majority here, and harvest their crop of maize and Nandolo (cow peas) once a year. What they don’t eat, they sell. The proceeds must last for the next 12 months.