Culture

Communal Life

A well-rounded culture of discipline, honesty, and hard work involves the sharing of successes and challenges as a community.

This sharing, however, is something that a stranger might find difficult to understand.

Malawian life is communal from the start, and later involves the sharing of houses by different age groups, and women doing chores together.

Literally every aspect of life is shared with neighbors and friends, to an extent that members of a community keep very few secrets from each other.

This “sharing” can take the form of discussing anything – from financial to personal, most Malawians are likely to offer unsolicited advice to anyone they think needs their help or direction.

It is important to remember that most of them assume it is their duty to help anyone whom they consider to be in need.