My town and Covid

Ponelo Kalonga
Posted June 12, 2020 from Malawi

Our economy is only $5.1BN and the minimum wage is $33 per month. And then the suspension of services due to covid 19 affected so much the lower incomes as they were out of job without pay more especially those who work for private companies or schools. There was no stimulus check to support those affected by the new covid measures. These people were to go months without pay till the restrictions are lifted. Now the minimum wage people are the ones who buys commodities of the informal sector of the country that consists those who live under a dollar a day. Now the fact that these restrictions affected those who worked at private firms and that they had no money  eventually affected those who sell bananas, mangoes, tomatoes in the streets for a living. Even those who works for the government though insulated by the government in terms of salary payment they still affected the informal sector because they were not going to work. Them staying at home meant that the one who does food business or sell potatoes will not have their commodity sold and this eventually led to the loss of their small business and starvation. Yes many have starved during this season, am talking about children and parents all together. Young girls failing to afford toiletries due to financial hardship, unaffordable balanced meal for children and unaffordable care for the elderly. Corona has not just affected the health of my community but also robbed the culture, potential and opportunities in my community and this is what has personally affected me.

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Chi8629
Jun 12
Jun 12

Thank you for sharing love.
Your smile is so contagious.
You wear it elegantly.
Please stay safe out there.

Ponelo Kalonga
Jun 13
Jun 13

Thank you so much Chioma :)

Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

Hello Ponelo,

Welcome to World Pulse! It's lovely to have another voice from Malawi! Thanks for sharing your account of what's going on in your country. I'm sorry to hear about what's going on. What is affecting you the most, dear? I'm looking forward to hearing more about you and what you're passionate about. Do you think new opportunities will arise after COVID passes that weren't previously there? XX

Ponelo Kalonga
Jun 13
Jun 13

Dear Jill,

Thank you for welcoming me, its such an an honour to finally be part of this great platform of sisterhood where I get to learn what change other sisters are making in various regions. My passion is to influence change through advocating for girls education and women's empowerment in Malawi.
The greatest source of anxiety right now for me and my team due to the pandemic, which so many people around the world can relate to at this moment, are the financial unknowns and the impact this will have on our women and girls. We are very nervous about a reduction in support in response to the toll coronavirus will continue to take on the global economy and on charitable giving. We are supporting each other in faith believing there's light at the end of this pandemic and that more opportunities will arise.

Best

Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

Hello there:-)

You're very welcome! It's an honor to have you in the community, dear:-) Yes, you will see a lot of that, and most likely be inspired by it, too!

Wonderful. That's a great mission. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it and your initiatives, too.

Yes, I hear you. I'm glad that you are remaining optimistic. Have you been looking for online grants on the World Pulse "Resources" page or elsewhere? If not, I encourage you to do so. I've seen quite a few of COVID specific opportunities out there.

Hope you have a good, safe rest of the weekend.

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis,
A warm welcome :). I am so sorry to hear about your experience. How are you doing now?
Looking forward to hearing from you. You are in my prayers. Blessings.

Ponelo Kalonga
Jun 18
Jun 18

Dear Catherine,
I am doing alright now thanks! I am staying positive hoping all things will be back to normal and that we can soon resume
our programs. Thanks for your prayers I am very greatful.

Best!!

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis,
I am so happy to hear from you and more importantly that you are staying positive :) I am staying positive with you ( hugs). Let's declare that the programs would be even better. Have a lovely day. Blessings.

rebecca.tang
Jun 17
Jun 17

Thank you for sharing. The pandemic really impacts the economy and life of people worldwide. Hope the situation could be stablized and improved soon.
May Almighty God bless you all!

Ponelo Kalonga
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you so much Rebecca. It is my prayer that all things should soon be history and things could improve. Remain blessed.

Nab
Jul 23
Jul 23

Thank you for sharing. The pandamic impacts us differently. Sorry to hear about your challenges and I hope things will get better for us all