Malawian Shops

 

I’ve lived in Malawi for a little less than two months now, and despite the poverty that is usually emphasized, I can say it is a magnificent country. Since I arrived, everything to me is remarkable. It’s an absolutely different world From what I know, with peculiar habits and customs.

Things that caught my attention were the colorful clothing of the locals (which here is called chitenje); the great  social interaction existing in their ways of working and living together (no matter who or where, if you’re in the street, you will always hear a ” Muli Bwanji”?), and of course, the receptivity when they welcomed me, besides the simplicity, cheerful and friendly way to greet . It caused for me a feeling of affection and instant admiration and made me feel ,somehow, special.

Poverty here is really big, and a good part of the population plant many types of food in their backyards, both for consumption and for sale. It is very common to walk in neighborhoods here and find shops that offer the same products, in addition to several others, from household appliances to electronic equipments. The owners of these stores are usually the dwellers themselves, who often have to help supplement the income of their families. And if there’s something here that draws attention, it is the creativity of these traders.

Here in Malawi, it is a tradition to use the titles of establishments and shops as means to honor, inform or simply entertain consumers. And believe me, they do it here in a masterly way. But some of them can be really bizarre.

Here are some iconic examples:

Are you Hungy? Don’t worry. Jesus is coming! And beyond our good old bread, fish and wine, here in Malawi he also brings sausage, beef, drinks…

Are you Hungy? Don’t worry. Jesus is coming! And beyond our good old bread, fish and wine, here in Malawi he also brings sausage, beef, drinks…

Needing good services ?God is able!.  High-level treatment

Needing good services?God is able!. High-level treatment

Do you need a change in the visual? The transformation here can be a true miracle

Do you need a change in the visual? The transformation here can be a true miracle

Here than, your hair may even leave talking

Here then, your hair may even leave talking

Here, God is able too. Always providing his divine attendance.

Here, God is able too. Always providing his divine attendance

And one of my favorites..

And one of my favorites..

Ananda Roda De Meranda
Ananda Roda De Meranda

Ananda started playing the acoustic guitar in 2007 in the city of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil. In 2009 she moved to Santos where she continued with guitar lessons in the Guri Project. In 2010 Ananda joined the Tatui’s Conservatory where she is currently studying classical guitar. In 2014 she started learning to play the lute at the same institution. In 2011 Ananda moved to Araçatuba, where she gave private lessons in guitar and english and started learning Japanese. In Araçatuba she started giving voluntary guitar lessons to people of all ages, and also became the choral regency assistant of the Mokiti Okada’s choral group. In Tatui she also started teaching English at a language School and participates in several chamber music groups playing guitar and lute at Tatui’s conservatory.

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