How it started
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and when I visited it for the first time, the situation of the people broke my heart. I met the kindest people, who were still quite positive despite terrible circumstances. The economy is mainly built on agriculture, but the profits and value add are not enjoyed in Malawi but in the neighboring countries.
However, there is one area which can develop into an export engine: the local artisans make beautiful Malawi chairs. So we decided to do a crazy project, totally out of our professional scope, and have started to import the Malawi chair! Last week the first 40 footer arrived, carrying 120 chairs, meaning that 10 families can live off the proceeds for a year; the income from one chair is enough for a family to live on for a whole month.
The chairs are beautiful and hip you find them in al the hip hangouts of Cape Town. The chair featured in VT Wonen this month and is a great piece to add a touch of ethnic to interiors of homes, offices, and restaurants.
The Malawi chair
The Malawi chair is handmade by Malawi artisans in the South of this beautiful yet very poor country. The chairs are used in traditional ceremonies in Malawi but are now the hype in hop Cape Town, Ibiza en Amsterdam. The frame is made out of sustainable bamboo, while the woven sides are made of water reeds. The very comfortable chairs are lightweight and are an authentic addition to ethnic or botanical interiors. Whether inside as dining chair, or outside as terrace chair, it adds a beautiful edge.
MaMa Malawi is happy to source the chairs from the poorest of the poor, so that we help fight poverty and improve economic freedom for the beautiful people of Malawi.
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If you have special requirements or have a project that you would like to furnish with our products, please contact us. We are happy to offer advice and special prices for projects.