The Thungo family lives in M'nchere village in central Malawi.
Life has not been easy for them. They live in a grass-thatched house with no running water or electricity. They have no livestock and less than an acre of land on which to make a living. Worse of all, Nasoweka’s husband left her in April 2014 and she doesn’t know where he has gone. She now has the sole responsibility of raising her six children and making sure that they have what they need to grow, be healthy, and stay in school.
Currently Nasoweka struggles to feed her family two meals a day. This year, for example, the rains started late and ended early. Nasoweka had no fertilizer for her field, and with the shortened rains and degraded soil she ended up with very little to harvest. Her two youngest children are still breastfeeding but are not growing as well as they should be. When a community health worker assessed the children, she recommended supplementary feeding due to acute malnutrition.
To make a living, Nasoweka farms maize and beans on her small plot of land. She also hires herself out to work on other people’s farms or in their homes. When she still can’t make enough money to support her family, she asks her brother for help. He lives in the same village and is willing to give her maize flour or other food when he can.
She also hires herself out to work on other people’s farms or in their homes. When she still can’t make enough money to support her family, sometimes her brother helps her. He lives in the same village and is willing to give her maize flour or other food when he can.
Here Nasoweka Thungo carries her baby on her back and draws water from a well at dawn.
Nasoweka and her children live in a straw-thatched hut; there's no running water or electric.
Nasoweka and her children
Philipo Thungo (3)
Robert Thungo, 11
Philipo playing with a stick
Family Members: Nasoweka Thungo (mother, 1988) and her six children, Simon (son, 2001), Robert (son, 2004), Selifa (daughter, 2008), Muhammad (son, 2010), Philipo (son, 2013), and Kingsley (son, 2016)
Hometown: M'nchere village, Dedza district, Malawi
Source of Income: Day Laborer
World Renew Partner Working with the Family: Nkhoma Public Health - Mufuwa A Moto Nutrition Project
World Renew Reporter: Faye Yu