Frugal market investments come with interest

By Chad Binder

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

Applying for the Frugal Innovation Program, I knew I would be investing myself as an entity in efforts to open a space for change in the informal markets of Malawi. After spending my time with the

Malawian people, with the vendors, with the land and what it bears, now, it is apparent that I was to become more invested in more than purely the markets. Continue reading Frugal market investments come with interest

Traders push for security lighting as a key market innovation

By Rachel Linnemann

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

It was the second design charrette with representatives from the markets.

Many traders were there to advocate for changes to happen at Tsoka Market. The room was full of a sense of hope but also what felt like an expectation of failure. Continue reading Traders push for security lighting as a key market innovation

The warm heart of Africa

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By Emily Hale

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

Having blonde hair and translucent skin has made for an interesting first week here in Lilongwe, Malawi.

I am no longer invisible. Continue reading The warm heart of Africa

International market investigation team meets for first time

The Lions (our group name) of Malawi markets: From left, Rachel, Tao, Kingsley, Baba and Malcom.
The Lions (our group name) of Malawi markets: From left, Rachel, Tao, Kingsley, Baba and Malcom.

By Kinglsey Pendame

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

This was the day that I have been waiting for since the start of the online learning. I was eagerly waiting to be with my friends from Michigan State University.

We were at Kumudzi lodge to welcome Dr Stephanie and students from Michigan State University. While waiting for our friends, we were presenting what we found out from our market visit (Kawale Market) to LUANAR faculty members. Each minute was just like an hour because I really wanted to see my friends from Michigan. Continue reading International market investigation team meets for first time

Tsoka Market innovations amaze Malawian

 

A wooden bridge connects two major sections of Tsoka market.
A wooden bridge connects two major sections of Tsoka Market.

By Baba Kayinga

Editor’s note: Students from Michigan State University and the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources are exploring frugal market innovations in Malawi. This is one of their reports.

On the first day of the practicum just after the classes on innovation systems and actor mapping we visited our market to observe innovations and map it.

As a Malawian I was amazed to see that our markets are full of innovations that I have never appreciated. The wooden bridges that connect the two major section of Tsoka Market (lizulu and kaunjika side) were the first innovations that I greatly admired.

Continue reading Tsoka Market innovations amaze Malawian

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