Dear English-speaking friends, on this blog we publish own posts, but also links to newspaper articles about the project. As the project is originally from Germany, all the articles are German. We translate our own posts for you, but we can't translate all the articles (yet). We hope that you have fun reading our blog nevertheless, and that international newspapers will write about us soon.

Our Collaboration with Somskat

3 February 2020

Maybe some of you have already noticed: We have a new cooperation partner since August. Somskat!

Somskat is a slow fashion label from Stuttgart that produces sustainable and simple garments with high design standards – responsible, resource-saving and transparent, made in Europe. Somskat produces garments only after the design has been pre-financed by the customers to produce only what is needed.

Nadja, former volunteer in the project and now part of the social media team, had the chance to meet Charly, the founder of Somskat, in Stuttgart. Here she reports about the cooperation:

Since Somskat is located in Stuttgart and I was still living in Stuttgart at that time, Charly and I took the chance for a personal meeting where we could plan the cooperation together.
Since our team members are spread all over Germany and even Europe, most of our work is done digitally. So it was a super cool experience to meet the co-founder of such an inspiring project in person. Through the personal contact, last questions on both sides could be clarified. Plus, the cooperation immediately takes on a completely different quality when you get to know the people behind a project.

As a former volunteer I was able to tell Charly first hand about my time on site and about the life of the women in the project. I also brought some of the clothes and fabrics from Taste of Malawi to the meeting, so she could see how the team works and with which products. In return, I was able to get a glimpse of the crowdfunding campaign even before it was released and to witness the founding of a new label first-hand.

Our Collaboration with Somskat – Taste of Malawi Blog

Somskat achieved their funding goal in a very short time, and we also made our contribution by supporting their crowdfunding campaign in the social media. This is not only great because it allows Charly and her co-founder Max to realise the idea of the slow-fashion label, but we benefit from it too: Somskat donate one percent of their income to Taste of Malawi!

We are very happy about this cooperation and the experience that we have been able to gain through the collaboration so far and we are curious to see how Somskat’s and our story will continue.


Jana's Visit in Malawi

3 October 2019

After three years I’ve finally made it back to the project in Malawi – I hadn’t been there for way too long. With every Skype call with the Malawian team and every report from our volunteers the feeling grew that the project is ever developing and is not the small sewing workshop it once was, but a sizeable training facility. However, the image in my head still was the one of the small workshop. This was to be updated by my visit to the project.

The challenges and affairs we discuss in our Skype meetings, as well as the network that has developed in Malawi over the years made me curious about working on site again. Especially Alex, co-founder and project leader on the Malawian side, wanted to meet in person in Lilongwe and work on our organisational structure with our women for a long time. The structures that worked for a small project with five women now had to be updated to meet the requirements that twenty people, linked with the project as employees or trainees, brought with them.

I arrived in Lilongwe after my seventeen-hour flight. One step out of the aircraft and I smelled Malawi. It’s an exciting scent that I breathe in each time I open a new delivery of wonderful garments at home in Germany. It’s a mix of sun, nature and dust that tints the whole country in a beautiful red in the dry season.
Alex picked me up at the airport and we went to the project location directly. I couldn’t have waited another day either. I wanted to see what I had been thinking of for so long, and meet the people again I had been working with closely for years.

I was surprised that a lot of people still remembered me and that everyone was happy to see each other again. We exchanged hugs and I was updated about family members, children and the women themselves. A great feeling to sit together again and have a chat.

Jana's Visit in Malawi – Taste of Malawi blog

The last time I visited the project, we had just employed Lexa, our project manager. Back then it was very apparent that she was new to the project, she seemed very reserved and insecure. When I met her again this time I was impressed: She illustrates our goals as an organisation perfectly. Fostering talents and developing female role models.
This is because she is an excellent manager: She knows her employees, her supervisors, and our students very well – with their respective strengths and weaknesses. She is in control of day-to-day business and brings order to the workshop. The insecure woman is gone and I’m amazed by the manager I’ve met this time. I’m very happy about this development, especially in retrospect. It convinces me that we are not only on the right path with our project as a whole, but have the right people in leading positions, too.

The two months I was able to spend in the project were very important: To simply be present and to be able to talk to the people in the project, exchange ideas and opinions about their needs and where our journey should go. Of course, there’s a lot of talking going on between the European team and the Malawian team leads. However, it is almost impossible for us to have the same kind of digital dialogue with our students. Plus, only personal interaction can bring together an international team and strengthen the feeling of togetherness. You could never achieve this only through emails and Skype calls. That’s why regular visits to the project are so important. Unfortunately, they always have to be paid from private budgets as there is no institutional support for this.

I’d like to end my report with a quote from an evaluation interview with one of our students: „We see the hard work you invest in Europe in order to make this training facility the best one possible. That’s why we work just as hard, we are one team after all!“
In this sense, I’m looking forward to the things to come and feel honoured to be allowed to work with these impressive women!

Das Freiburger Projekt Taste of Malawi ermöglicht Frauen in Südostafrika eine Schneiderlehre

2 September 2019
Badische Zeitung

Ein bisschen sieht man Anne Pleuser ihre erst kürzlich beendete Reise aus Südostafrika noch an. Engagiert und mit einer gewissen Restbräune im Gesicht spricht sie über "Taste of Malawi" – ein Projekt, das Frauen in Lilongwe dabei unterstützt, unabhängig zu werden. Mittels einer Schneiderausbildung werde nicht nur die Selbstständigkeit der Frauen gestärkt, sondern auch das Selbstbewusstsein erhöht.

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Kreatives Chaos:
Laura Stertenbrink ist ein Jahr in Afrika

6 June 2019
Waldeckische Landeszeitung

Raus aus meinem Automatismus: Dies war einer meiner Gründe in ein Land zu gehen, das weniger geordnet scheint als Deutschland. Ein Land, in dem Prozesse anders ablaufen oder es keine immer gleichen Prozesse gibt: Malawi.
Doch erst einmal zurück zum Anfang. Dieses Jahr im August ist es bereits zehn Jahre her, dass ich meine Ausbildung im Bereich Bekleidungstechnik in Kassel begonnen habe. Mit 16 war mein Traum kristallklar: ich werde Modedesignerin. Doch das Leben hat mich zunächst auf Umwege geschickt.

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40.000ste Freiwillige im entwicklungspolitischen Freiwilligendienst weltwärts

3 June 2019

Gleich zwei Mal hat Nadja Mühlhäuser einen kleinen Kulturschock erlitten. Das erste Mal, als sie nach Malawi kam, und ein zweites Mal, nachdem sie das südostafrikanische Land nach einem guten halben Jahr Aufenthalt verlassen hatte und sich wieder an den deutschen Alltag gewöhnen musste.
Von Februar bis August hat die aus Neidlingen stammende 25-Jährige, die an der Evangelischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg Soziale Arbeit studiert, im vergangenen Jahr vor Ort bei Taste of Malawi mitgewirkt. Das Projekt leistet Entwicklungshilfe der besonderen Art. Malawische Frauen werden in der Hauptstadt Lilongwe zu Schneiderinnen ausgebildet, damit sie beruflich ein Standbein erhalten und so finanziell unabhängig werden. Taste of Malawi ist dabei keine Einbahnstraße, sondern durch ein Geben und Nehmen charakterisiert.

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Afrikaner und Europäer lernen voneinander

15 March 2019
Stuttgarter Zeitung

Gleich zwei Mal hat Nadja Mühlhäuser einen kleinen Kulturschock erlitten. Das erste Mal, als sie nach Malawi kam, und ein zweites Mal, nachdem sie das südostafrikanische Land nach einem guten halben Jahr Aufenthalt verlassen hatte und sich wieder an den deutschen Alltag gewöhnen musste.
Von Februar bis August hat die aus Neidlingen stammende 25-Jährige, die an der Evangelischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg Soziale Arbeit studiert, im vergangenen Jahr vor Ort bei Taste of Malawi mitgewirkt. Das Projekt leistet Entwicklungshilfe der besonderen Art. Malawische Frauen werden in der Hauptstadt Lilongwe zu Schneiderinnen ausgebildet, damit sie beruflich ein Standbein erhalten und so finanziell unabhängig werden. Taste of Malawi ist dabei keine Einbahnstraße, sondern durch ein Geben und Nehmen charakterisiert.

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Aus bunten Stoffen werden Existenzen

28 February 2019
Der Teckbote

Das Wort „helfen“ mag Nadja Mühlhäuser nicht besonders. „Das englische Wort „Empowerment“ finde ich besser“, sagt sie. Es bedeutet so viel wie ermächtigen oder befähigen. Und genau darum geht es beim Projekt „Taste of Malawi“, das sich mit seinem Angebot von Nähkursen an die einheimischen Frauen des ostafrikanischen Binnenstaates wendet. Sie sollen „befähigt“ werden, sich mit ihrem erlernten Beruf selbstständig zu machen. Zwei Jahre werden sie ausgebildet, ein Teil ihres Gehalts wird ausgezahlt, ein Teil angespart, um der Existenzgründung zu dienen. Dazu gibt es regelmäßig Workshops im Bereich „Business-Skills“, Nähtechniken oder den so genannten Soft Skills, die man als Unternehmerin braucht. Denn Nähen hat in dem Land eine Tradition, ist aber im Gegensatz zu Europa eine Männerdomäne. Gleichzeitig ist das Projekt eine Hilfe für das Land: Die für Ostafrika typischen, farbintensiven Chitenje-Stoffe werden in Europa bekannt gemacht und dort verkauft.

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Thank you!
Zikomo kwambiri!

9 October 2018

Seven months ago, I posted on my blog for the first time and now my time in Malawi is already over. I am back in Germany and I’m slowly getting used to everyday life again.

As I already pointed out in the last entry, I’ve been in South Africa for three weeks in August. It’s an absolutely beautiful place! Especially Cape Town is breathtaking, but I also really like Johannesburg and the area around Hazyview. I had a minor cultural shock again – but in the opposite direction, because South Africa is much more like Europe than it is like the Africa I got to know during the time I was there!

Blog post #8 – Thank you!

When I came back after my three weeks of holiday, driving through Lilongwe with Alex felt a bit like coming home. I knew the streets and how everything works.
I had ten more days in Malawi before flying back to Germany. That time was kind of strange, because the other volunteers had already left and the first of the new volunteers had already arrived in Lilongwe. I used my last week to visit all the great places in Lilongwe one last time. During this week I was very confused and didn’t know how to feel, as I was very happy to go back home soon, but also kind of sad to leave Malawi.
The day before my departure, I was at the project one last time to say goodbye to the women. Again, it was very nice to see them again, but at the same time sad, because I knew I was going to leave soon. The women were very kind and said they would miss me. We all drank some Fanta together and were talking about the time. It's so beautiful to see how we all bonded with each other. In the beginning, the women were rather shy, but during my stay they opened themselves more and more, which is really nice.

I learned a lot from the women and I will definitely miss them, too!
However, a small consolation is that I can stay in contact and continue to work with them. Since I am very convinced of the project and I really like the team dynamics at Taste of Malawi, I will go on working as a member of the German team from now on.

At the end I would like to thank everyone at Taste of Malawi, because I got the chance to do my placement semester in Malawi because of you. The memories and experiences that I was able to collect during this time are priceless and I will always remember them!

Thank you!

Blog post #8 – Thank you!

On the Sososo Coach to Mzoozoozoo Lodge

28 July 2018

The last days in Malawi have started. My stay in Malawi is almost over and there’s not even two whole weeks left with the project. Time has passed so fast and I would love to stay longer. At the same time, of course, I am also looking forward to going back home.

As I have mentioned in my penultimate blogpost, I have worked out a tourist program over the past few weeks. By doing so, we want to give interested people the opportunity to spend a day with our women in the project and see where Taste of Malawi's products come from and how they are produced. We have now decided that we want to offer a half-day tour, which includes a tour around the project and cooking and dining together with the women. In addition, our visitors have the opportunity to tailor their own products with the women, which they can take home later.

To use the last few days in the best possible way, Linus and I have now started to distribute flyers and posters. The response was very good so far and everyone was enthusiastic about our project. Half of Lilongwe is now paved with Taste of Malawi posters and you can find us in various hotels, the tourist information center and even in the golf club!
But of course, that's not enough for us, since tourists are not just found in Lilongwe. That’s why we have now made our way to Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay in northern Malawi. On Saturday morning we took the Sososo Coach at 7 o'clock to Mzuzu. Five hours later we arrived and were able to take a minibus towards Nkhata Bay. Nkhata Bay is really beautiful and definitely worth a visit! There are two cool lodges on the hillside, which are aimed primarily at younger travellers and backpackers. Their owners were also very interested in our project and we were allowed to put up posters and distribute flyers.

On the way back to Lilongwe we spent two nights in Mzuzu in the Lodge with the coolest name ever – the Mzoozoozoo Lodge! We left our flyers and posters there, too. Now the first step is done and we hope for positive feedback and many visitors!

Meanwhile, we are back in Lilongwe and looking forward to our South Africa vacation, which starts in about one week time.

Blog post #7 – On the Sososo Coach to Mzoozoozoo Lodge

A Safari and a V-Belt
Safari ndi V-Belt

19 June 2018

When in Africa, one thing should be on everyone's to-do list: Going on a safari.
Since there are not many wild animals left in Malawi, we decided to go to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. In order to not get stressed out with planning the trip, we booked a weekend with See Malawi.

One week after we booked the trip, we were picked up on a Friday morning and made our way towards Zambia. Of course, the planned five hours drive could not be kept – always remember that we are in Malawi.
Approximately one hour outside of Lilongwe our car suddenly made a weird noise and we had to stop. The V-belt was broken. So the waiting started. Two mechanics from Lilongwe were on their way to us. Of course, a garage is completely overrated. You can change the water pump and the V-belt at the side of the road just as well.

Thanks to the breakdown we had three hours delay, so we also arrived late at the border. More problems were to follow:
The first problem: There were network issues on the Malawian border, so it took forever to get the papers for the car.
The second problem: The border closes at 6 pm and the Malawian network issues were not solved until 5:50 pm.
The third problem: We still had to register the car on the Zambian side of the border.
Luckily our driver was able to talk to the officer so we could enter Zambia four hours late. That was a pity, because it was already dark when we arrived at the Croc Valley Camp and we spent the whole of the first day in the car instead of at the pool. But as compensation, there was a tent upgrade for us.

Blog post #6 – A Safari and a V-Belt

On Saturday we got a very good breakfast and lunch and we were able to spend some hours at the pool, before we made our way to the first Safari Drive at 4 pm.
We saw two elephants right outside the camp and there were many more kinds of animals in the park: Elephants, hippos, monkeys, zebras, springboks, warthogs, giraffes and beautiful birds. Since the drive started that late we were still in the park when it got dark. That was very cool, as we drove through the park with a big "flashlight" and searched for nocturnal animals. The nocturnal animals did not show up but we saw three lions. That was beautiful yet somewhat scary, as we sat in an open car. The driver turned off the headlights and we followed the lions in complete darkness. The driver only turned on the lights from time to time to see where we were going. So we were actually in the pitch-dark, chasing after lions in an open car at a distance of three meters. WOW!
When they finally lay down, we could drive right next to them and turn on the lights again.

The next morning we had our second drive at 6 o'clock. There were two highlights for me on this one: Apart from the animals we had already seen the day before we also got to see a leopard. To see this animal by day is so uncommon that even the guide took out his phone to take some pictures. My second highlight was a big elephant family with two babies. They stopped at a small lake to drink some water and bathe. The interaction between the family members was very impressive and touching. When the little baby fell over, its mother helped it up again and also pushed it up the hill. I almost cried, because I could not handle the cuteness!

After a delicious breakfast following the safari, we already had to leave and go back home, which thankfully has worked without any problems this time.
I definitely recommend anyone to go on a safari if they have the chance! That was probably one of the best experiences in my life!

Fun fact: We were not allowed to walk around alone in the camp at night, as the hippos and crocodiles from the nearby river like to come to the camp.

Blog post #6 – A Safari and a V-Belt

Loads happened in the last weeks

18 May 2018

My housemate Linus, who is in Malawi for Weltwärts, has switched to Taste of Malawi now. We've planned a lot of cool things, and working on a project together is way quicker than working on it alone.
The best example of this is the renovation of our rooms. As already announced, we have been busy with this over the last few weeks. It took us a little longer then expected, because the daily business went on normally. So we basically had to paint around the women. I do not want to think about how long it would have taken me without Linus’ active support! After a few weekend shifts we are finally finished and are very proud of the result.

Blog post #5 – Loads happened in the last weeks

In the last two weeks we also had support from two new volunteers: Dominique from Germany and Mohamed from Egypt. The two travel through Africa and capture everything on Mohamed’s YouTube channel. Since they already have some experience in film making, they made some videos for Taste of Malawi. You can look forward to seeing them – the videos provide a great insight into the lives of the women and into the project.

For the next few weeks there is a lot of planning to do again. Linus and I want to create a tourist program to give interested people the opportunity to visit the project. This will allow them to see how the products are made and to become a part of Taste of Malawi. In addition, this gives our women the opportunity to improve their English and the way they present and sell their products. It also promotes cultural exchange and both sides hopefully take new inspiration from these visits.

Fun fact: You won’t be invited to a wedding. You simply go, no matter if you know the hosts or not. It is enough if you know someone who knows someone who knows the bride and groom. So it sometimes happens that you go to three weddings on a single day.

Blog post #5 – Loads happened in the last weeks

Ana, kompyuta ndipo police roadblock
Kids, computers and police roadblocks

3 May 2018

As I told you in my last post, I’ve spent a lot of time preparing and writing in my first weeks here. The goal was to make the entry into the project easier for future volunteers, so they can start directly with their work. So I’ve written various guidelines recently, such as the guide for the computer class.

This week I could finally kick-off the computer class and it is a lot of fun! The women are very keen and happy to learn something new.
Apart from the computer course, another project just started – the childcare project. Maybe some might think: „Children? I thought Taste of Malawi was about women?“ And that's true, but in discussions with the team, we came up with the idea to support the women’s children as well. Of course, the kids shelter is about fun in the first place, but at the same time it is about supporting the children on their way into future and thus doing sustainable work. We’ve planned various topics such as health, nutrition and career choices. At the same time they will be taught English in a playful way. So they can reflect themselves and their future and at the same time they are supported beyond school.

As usually, planning a project is quite different from its actual implementation. The plan was to take care of children aged six to nine, as they already go to school at this age and speak a little English. But it turned out that the women tend to have younger children who came to the kids shelter this week. The communication was a bit difficult, but we still had a lot of fun together. Although the topics can not be carried out as planned, the children's glowing eyes when painting and playing together was priceless and I’m looking forward to the next times!

Another project that should start in the next few days is redecorating the rooms. We want to make everything friendly and even more comfortable. I am really looking forward to this project, because I can use my creativity and create something that will last for a longer period.

Fun fact: Actually only ten people are allowed to sit in one mini bus. But why stop at ten, when you can fit more than that in a bus (for example 21 people and a chicken)? So most of the time you’re really cramped when riding a bus. Just one question left: What happens in case of a police control?
Easy as that: Somebody gets out of the car, walks past the roadblock and gets back in. Alternatively a few Kwacha bills can change hands.

Blog post #4 – Kids, computers and police roadblocks


18 April 2018

We celebrate our second birthday today! Taste of Malawi has been a registered non-profit organisation for two years now, and on this occasion we'd like to tell you what we have done so far:

We have turned an old building into our school, where we have accomodated fifteen women so far. Our current volunteer Nadja holds computer courses for our tailors and has established a kindergarten. This allows us to provide a calm learning environment, and it supports the whole family. Our European team has grown so much that we could establish ourselves in different countries. We now speak five different languages!

Our wish for the future is, that our network will grow farther so that we can hlp even more women on their way into independence. We hope to be financially independent, and sustain the projct only by selling our products in two years time. That's our goal and sadly we haven't reached it yet, but we can do it with your help!
We are very proud of our team and our many supporters, and would be very thankful if you helped us also today on our anniversary.
We are only asking for 2€ of support today! If each of our Facebook friends donates only 2€, we can fund the project for two months.

Many thanks! Zikomo!

Do something good

Muli bwanji?
How are you?

29 March 2018

After the initial culture shock, I have now settled well in Malawi. At the moment I'm working a lot on the computer so I’m not in the project very often, but the days I spend in Chinsapo are always very nice and varied. When I hadn’t been in the project for a few days the women immediately asked where I had been and said that they had been missing me.
One day I took my camera with me to take a few up-to-date pictures of the project and the local people. The presence of my camera caused a short work stop for about 45 minutes, because everyone wanted a picture of themselves. My room mate Linus had already told me that Malawian women love to be photographed. He has to take pictures of a colleague’s daughter again and again because the in-built camera of his cell phone is better than hers. It was very funny to see confirmed, what Linus had told me.

I also made my first small trip inside Malawi: For one night we went to visit other volunteers in Salima by Lake Malawi. The climate and landscape there are completely different from Lilongwe. While the weather in Lilongwe is rather hot and dry, Salima is more tropical with high humidity. We spent the two days mainly in the lodge Cool Runnings, which is owned by a British woman who runs various environmental projects around Salima. Since the lake is so big you feel like you are by the sea and the holiday feeling sets in immediately. I didn’t go for a swim, because the fear of schistosomiasis was still too strong. In addition, there was a crocodile in the lake, which is said to have broken out of a nearby crocodile farm.
But they are not entirely sure about this as the owner has not officially admitted it yet. Welcome to Malawi.

Fun fact: Nsima. Nsima. Nsima. Every day. The national dish is really the food number one and the favourite food of most people. They often have Nsima up to three times a day. And even if something else, such as rice, is offered most people stick with their Nsima.

Blog post #3 - How are you?

Takulandirani ku Malawi
Welcome to Malawi

18 March 2018

Finally I’m here. After 24 hours of travel and three stops in the Netherlands, Kenya and Mozambique, I arrived in Lilongwe. It is warm, colourful and exhausting. The cultural shock kicked in on the way from the airport to the city. People are walking in the streets and many of them want to sell you something. If there are any rules for the traffic at all, I still haven’t figured them out after three weeks. But it seems that the mini buses are somehow allowed to do whatever they want.

Despite all these new, stunning, confusing things to get used to, there also are countless things that make me love this country: The friendliness of the people is amazing, the colours of the fabrics are beautiful and the food with fresh vegetables from the market is delicious.

My first days at the project are already over as well. The way to get there is a bit difficult, but after a few tries, I can finally make it on my own. My commute takes me from Area 18 to the center of Lilongwe. From there I have to take a mini bus to Chinsapo, where the project is located. Here you experience a completely different world than in the city center: Many children do not go to school in this part of Lilongwe and it is obvious that there is a lot of poverty in this part of town. Once in the project, you find yourself in a small oasis again. With a small lawn and two benches right in front of the house and corn in the garden you immediately feel that this is a safe place where you want to spend your time. I can understand why the women like being here so much. I was welcomed very friendly, although most women were rather shy. There is a happy atmosphere and everyone enjoys their work. I was able to look at the beautiful bags, jackets and dresses, and got a first look into the work of Taste of Malawi.

Now I'm curious what’s next, how it is to work with the women and their children, and what exciting stories are waiting for me here in Malawi.

Fun fact: "Be here at nine" does not mean „Be here at nine“, but rather „It’s ok if you arrive around ten“. And mostly I’m still the first to arrive then.

Blog post #2 - Welcome to Malawi

Half a year in Malawi

27 February 2018

My name is Nadja. I'm 24, study social work in Ludwigsburg in Germany, and my biggest dream has always been to spend some time in Africa and to be able to engage myself in helping others.
During my studies I have to complete a practical internship in order to gain further insights in social work and more practical experience in general. Thus, I decided to combine my internship and my dream of going to Africa, and go to Malawi.

A semester abroad? In Malawi? Where the heck is that? Do they have internet there? Isn’t it too dangerous there? And what about malaria?
My search for work placements started in March 2017 already and I contacted over forty institutions in the whole of Africa in the beginning. Taste of Malawi was my first choice right from the start because they unite everything I wished for. I am able to get insights in a still very young organisation, realise my own ideas, experience the workings of different departments, work with adults as well as children. And all of that on the continent I’ve been longing to travel to for such a long time.
At the moment, I’m still in the preparation phase – about a hundred vaccinations, malaria pills, cotton underwear, knee-length skirts are my daily companions and my excitement growths bigger every second. Silly questions like: How is it going to be to wash my clothes by hand? Are there really going to be as many power outages as they say? Do I have to cook my food over coal? And will everything go right with my flight in the beginning?

The most exciting time of my life is right around the corner and I’m really happy to take all of you along on my journey and look forward to sharing with you all my experiences in Africa with Taste of Malawi!


The latest addition to our team: Anna!

18 October 2017

We are happy and proud to welcome Anna to our team and are looking forward to getting to know her better in the next time! She is a bespoke tailor and fashion designer, is experienced in costume making and now is in further training for her master craftsman's diploma. So she has the very right skills to support the project from a technical and creative point of view.
If you want to join the team, too, why not have a look at our job page to see which skills we are looking for at the moment, or simply get in touch!

Job page

Taste of Malawi unterstützt Frauen in Malawi und reflektiert globale Zusammenhänge

3 May 2017
Badische Zeitung

Sie wollen Frauen in Malawi unterstützen – und dabei selbst etwas über Märkte, Vertrieb und „Entwicklungsarbeit“ lernen. Und dass die Mitglieder des Vereins „Taste of malawi“ die globalen Ungerechtigkeiten und ihre eigene Rolle kritisch und reflektiert betrachten, zeigt das breite Spektrum an Referenten, die sie zu einer Diskussionsveranstaltung am Donnerstag eingeladen haben.
Die Freiburger Gruppe ist eine von mehreren bundesweit. Bisher sind nur Studierende aktiv, es sind aber alle willkommen. Die direkte Verbindung nach Malawi war immer da – das beweist derzeit der drei Monate dauernde Besuch von Alexander Kumcheza. Er ist eigentlich Computerexperte und arbeitet inzwischen als Manager des Frauenprojekts, das er und die Geographie-Studentin Jana Piske vor zweieinhalb Jahren in Malawi gegründet haben. Damals hat Jana Piske zwei Jahre lang in dem ostafrikanischen Land gelebt und als Freiwillige in einem Straßenkinderprojekt gearbeitet.

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Begleitung in die Selbstständigkeit

13 February 2017

Ein Hagener Student unterstützt die Ausbildung von Frauen im afrikanischen Malawi. Sie sollen den Weg in eine selbstständige Existenz finden. Wie kann ich Frauen in der Dritten Welt eine Ausbildung ermöglichen, damit sie unabhängig von Organisationen Geld verdienen? Eine Antwort auf diese Frage hat vielleicht der Anfang 2016 gegründete Verein „Taste of Malawi“, zu Deutsch: eine Kostprobe von Malawi. Der 20-jährige Felix Fastenrath aus Hagen gehört zu den Aktiven. Er arbeitet mit in der Gruppe junger Menschen rund um die Gründerin Jana Piske. Sie wollen Frauen in Malawi mit Hilfe einer Ausbildung zu Schneiderinnen machen. Damit sollen die Frauen selbstständig und unabhängig von Projekten werden. Felix Fastenrath kümmert sich – wie alle anderen auch ehrenamtlich – um die Website, Flyer-Druck, Online-Shop und den bald erscheinenden Newsletter.

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Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

4 January 2017
Städtisches Gymnasium Erwitte

Ein prägendes Jahr. Nach ihrem Abitur an unserer Schule ist Johanna Knoop im Sommer 2013 für zwölf Monate nach Malawi gegangen. In dem Land im Süden Afrikas hat sie in einem Projekt der Franziskanerinnen Salzkotten in dem Ort Ludzi mit Kindern gearbeitet (wir berichteten mehrfach). Die Schülervertretung des SGE hat ihr Engagement damals unterstützt. Auch Dank dieser Hilfe aus unserer Schule konnte Johanna damals Betten und Moskitonetze für die Mädchen in dem Schulinternat anschaffen. Zusammen mit anderen jungen Leuten, die über ganz Deutschland verteilt sind, engagiert sich Johanna in ihrer Freizeit für die neue Organisation „Taste of Malawi“. Der Grundgedanke dieses Vereins ist, dass jeder Mensch finanzielle Unabhängigkeit und persönliche Zufriedenheit erlangen kann, indem er lernt, seine Talente richtig zu nutzen. Für die Arbeit in Malawi heißt das konkret, dass Frauen zu Schneiderinnen ausgebildet werden. Sie können sich selbstständig machen und so finanziell unabhängig werden.

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Ausbildung für afrikanische Näherinnen

3 January 2017
Rheinische Post

Mit ihrem Verein Taste of Malawi will Jana Piske Frauen in Lilongwe zur Selbstständigkeit verhelfen. Die Kleinenbroicherin sorgt für Ausbildung, kaufmännisches Wissen und hat zudem einen Internet-Shop eingerichtet. Nach dem Abitur zog es Jana Piske in das afrikanische Malawi. Die Kleinenbroicherin hatte sich über das Kindermissionswerk für das Straßenkinderprojekt "Tikondane" beworben. Ein Jahr wollte die junge Frau bleiben, um dann ihr Studium in Deutschland anzutreten. Es wurden zwei daraus. Zudem hatte Jana Piske eine Projekt-Idee zur Förderung von Frauen in Lilongwe entwickelt, die sie nach ihrer Rückkehr in die Heimat nicht mehr los lies. Mittlerweile wurde ihr Projekt "Taste of Malawi" zu einem eingetragenen (Förder-) Verein.

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kfd spendet 450 Euro für Hilfsprojekt

3 January 2017
Der Patriot

Die kfd Erwitte hat 450 Euro an den gemeinnützigen Verein „Taste of Malawi“ gespendet. Das Geld sammelten die Mitglieder der kfd bei ihrer letzten Adventsfeier. Den Scheck übergaben jetzt Marietheres Lier vom Pastoralverbundsbüro in Erwitte sowie die kfd-Mitglieder Barbara Lüchtefeld und Maria Roß an die Studentin Johanna Knoop aus Erwitte, die für das Fundraising des Vereins verantwortlich ist. Der Verein bietet Frauen im afrikanischen Malawi eine Ausbildung zur Schneiderin. Dort erlernen sie sowohl das Handwerk als auch betriebswirtschaftliche Aspekte, damit sie ihre Produkte auch vermarkten können. Das Geld soll dem Material und der Ausstattung u.a. mit Nähmaschinen dienen, die notwendig sind, um das Projekt stabil zu halten. „Die Einnahmen fließen direkt in das Projekt“, berichtet Johanna Knoop. „Für die Menschen, die an dem Projekt teilnehmen, tragen wir eine sehr große Verantwortung.“

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Talente effizient nutzen

29. November 2016
Der Patriot

„A project for gifted women.“ Zu Deutsch: Ein Projekt für talentierte Frauen - das ist der Slogan von The Taste of Malawi, einem Projekt, das malawische Schneiderinnen unterstützt und ihnen ein Stück Unabhängigkeit schenkt. Johanna Knoop, die nach dem Abitur am Städtischen Gymnasium Erwitte ein Jahr einen Freiwilligendienst in Malawi geleistet hat (wir berichteten), hat den Verein Anfang des Jahres zusammen mit anderen Studierenden aus Deutschland gegründet. Knoop ist zuständig für die Bereiche Fundraising (Mittel zu möglichst geringen Kosten beschaffen), Social Media (Soziale Medien) und Accounting (Rechnungswesen). Nach dem Freiwilligendienst in Malawi begann sie Nonprofit Management in Berlin zu studieren. Das Studium rüstet sie für die ehrenamtliche Arbeit bei „Taste of Malawi“ hervorragend aus. Malawi, mit rund 16 Millionen Einwohnern in Ostafrika, gehört zu den ärmsten Ländern der Welt. Ein Blick auf die internationale Rangliste zeigt: mit einem Bruttoinlandsprodukt von nur 224,46 USD pro Kopf landet Malawi auf dem letzten Platz.

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Für Frauen und Kinder

28. April 2016
Badische Zeitung

Im Bürgersaal des Alten Rathauses verlieh der Vorstand und Stiftungsrat der Stiftung Brücke den diesjährigen Förderpreis und den Anerkennungspreis 2015. Der mit 4000 Euro dotierte Förderpreis ging an das von Jana Piske ins Leben gerufene Malawi-Projekt "Taste of Malawi", der Anerkennungspreis und 2000 Euro an Dorothee Menton-Enderlin an die Maya Universe Acadamy in Nepal, einer Schule, die mit starkem Elternengagement nach der Erdbebenzerstörung wieder aufgebaut wurde.
In beiden ausgezeichneten Projekten wird das Prinzip der Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe konsequent umgesetzt. Die aus der Nähe von Düsseldorf stammende und in Freiburg studierende Jana Piske gründete 2014 das Projekt "Taste of Malawi". Sie war selbst zwei Jahre in dem südostafrikanischen Land und rief ein Schneiderprojekt für bis zu 20 talentierte Frauen ins Leben. Unterstützt werden ausgebildete Frauen, die ansonsten dort keinen Fuß fassen könnten.

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Mode made in Malawi

15. September 2015
Stadtspiegel Mönchengladbach

Malawi ist ein Binnenstaat in Südostafrika. Es grenzt an Sambia, Mosambik und Tansania. Jana Piske würde das Land im Atlas sofort finden, allerdings nicht nur, weil sie bald Geografie studieren wird. Die junge Frau aus Kleinenbroich hat dort zwei Jahre gelebt. Währenddessen gründete sie das Projekt "Taste of Malawi" und möchte dies auch von zu Hause aus weiter fördern.
Jüngst hat sie bei einem Info-Abend im Hildegundisheim in Liedberg ihre Mitbürger für Land und Leute begeistern wollen. "Ich bin bei meinen Reisen mit vielen Menschen zusammen gekommen. Die kulturellen Spannungen zwischen Jung und Alt gibt es dort genauso wie bei uns", erzählt sie. Das mag sich auch in der Mode der Jugend ausdrücken. "Sie mögen den Ethno-Stil, aber in modernen Schnitten. So tragen sie gerne Mini-Rock und Tops in den traditionellen Farben und Mustern", so Jana Piske.

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Hilfe für afrikanische Schneiderinnen

10. August 2015
Rheinische Post

Die Kleinenbroicherin Jana Piske hat das Projekt "Taste of Malawi" ins Leben gerufen, um Näherinnen in Malawi zur Selbstständigkeit zu verhelfen. Es geht um kaufmännische Grundlagen und finanzielle Unabhängigkeit.
Wie hat es eine 21-jährige Deutsche geschafft, in Malawi ein Projekt für Schneiderinnen zu etablieren? Das ist nur eine der vielen Fragen, die Jana Piske (21) aus Kleinenbroich in den vergangenen Monaten beantworten musste. Seit April 2015 ist die junge Frau zurück aus Malawi und absolviert aktuell ein Praktikum in Oberhausen, bevor sie ab dem Winter Umweltwissenschaften studieren wird. Viel freie Zeit vor Studienbeginn hat sie nicht. Denn ihr Projekt "Taste of Malawi" will von Deutschland aus weiter betreut werden. Angefangen hatte alles mit einem Stück Stoff, aus dem sie sich in Malawi einen Rock nähen lassen wollte. Das war Mitte 2014, als sie für den Freiwilligendienst "Weltwärts" in der malawischen Hauptstadt Lilongwe tätig war.

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Kleinenbroicherin hilft ein Jahr lang in Malawi

28. Dezember 2013
Rheinische Post

Jana Piske lebt für ein Jahr in Malawi und arbeitet dort bei einem Straßenkinderprojekt. In den ersten vier Monaten hat sie bereits viele Eindrücke gesammelt. Besonders bei der Sprache gibt's Fortschritte.
Als sie ihre Reise begann, konnte sie nur ein Wort: "Bo", was so viel heißt wie "alles klar". Mittlerweile ist Jana Piskes Wortschatz der malawischen Amtssprache "Chichewa" deutlich ausgeprägter. Denn dank eines intensiven Sprachkurses kann die Kleinenbroicherin nun richtig kommunizieren und mehr als eine Cola bestellen. Seit vier Monaten lebt Jana Piske in dem südostafrikanischen Binnenstaat und arbeitet beim Straßenkinderprojekt Tikondane in der Hauptstadt Lilongwe. Eine Art Auffangstation mit therapeutischer Begleitung. Damals kam sie nach 41-stündiger und strapaziöser Reise in Malawi an. Mit zwei Mitbewohnerinnen lebt sie in einer WG, 20 bis 30 Minuten Fußweg von Tikondane entfernt. "Es gibt heißes Wasser und jeder hat ein eigenes Zimmer", sagt sie.

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