The women of Namiyango

By Vilhelm Stokstad – Namiyango is a small suburb outside Malawis commercial capitol, Blantyre. The local organisation CECOWDA (Centre for Conflict Management and Women Development Affairs) gives support to local women who for different reasons have found them selves in difficult situations. The women on the images are in different ways active in the organisation, they support each other, in group sessions or more private talks. They have started a piggery to get some economical support. Most of them have lost their husbands and most of them married before they finished their education, and now have to support their kids by them selves, trying not to let them make the same mistakes as they think they did. The patterns are from the womens favorite Chitenjes, traditional clothing worn in most of the country.