Minimum wage in Malawi is 5280 kwacha ($31.60 U.S.) per month! Believe me that is not enough when a bag of maize, which will feed one person for about a month, costs 4000 kwacha. Rents start at about 2500 kwacha for a small 1 room place. It is no wonder we hear children tell us that they go to bed hungry.
The Malawi Congress of Trade Union is proposing a 660 percent hike in minimum wage to help fight the high cost of living. That would bring it up to 40,000 kwacha a month or about $240 U.S. I can't see that happening but there certainly needs to be an increase. People work really hard here SIX DAYS a week and get paid so little. Food prices have really gone up in the past six months. It is all about survival here for most people. Luckily some can grow gardens year round and that is what sustains them but there are areas that have had severe drought this season.
I hope you all realize how lucky you are to live where you do!!