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Country Facts:


  • Capital city – Lilongwe
  • Population 17.5 million
  • Life expectancy – 64.31 years
  • Unemployment rate – 18.5%
  • Below poverty line – 51.5%

Find more country facts on: CIA The World Factbook – Malawi


Habitat Facts

  • Habitat started in Malawi in 1986.
  • Individuals served in FY2019  50,580
  • Through new construction – 760
  • Through incremental building  17,500
  • Through professional services – 32,320
  • Volunteers hosted in FY2019 – 635 


The housing need in Malawi

Habitat for Humanity Malawi was established in 1986. Malawi has about 4.8 million housing units of which 58.9% are sub-standards homes. These houses  are characterized by mud walls and grass thatched roofs and the families in these housing units live with little hope of ever being able to afford a decent house. To meet the current housing demand, approximately 21,000 new units must be constructed for the next 10 years.

Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, Habitat Malawi has helped over 41,000 families to access decent housing. We emphasize housing for vulnerable groups; water, sanitation and hygiene; Disaster Risk Reduction and Response;  informal vocation training; and security of land tenure.


Habitat’s contribution in Malawi

Housing for vulnerable groups 

Habitat Malawi provides fully subsidized houses and sanitation facilities to orphans and other vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, in rural communities. The program also provides complementary services to the targeted households, including trainings about malaria, HIV and property and inheritance rights. 

Water, sanitation and hygiene

Our program seeks to improve the sanitation status and well-being of slum dwellers and those in rural communities. Key program interventions include construction of sustainable and user-friendly facilities for water, sanitation and hygiene, or WASH; hygiene and sanitation campaigns for communities; and capacity building of WASH management structures. 

Disaster Risk Reduction and Response 

We work in disaster-affected communities to help people prepare, respond and adapt to disaster while empowering local communities on how they can build back better and safer homes. In this program, we help build disaster-resilient houses with affected families and equip the local masons with knowledge and skills on building houses to withstand disasters.  

Informal vocational skills training

This program is aimed at contributing to increased inclusive access to equitable, sustainable, informal and formal technical entrepreneurial and vocational education training. We offer six months informal training to disadvantaged youths in brick laying and making, and in carpentry and joinery.


We advocate for increased access to land and housing, and promote policies and systems that increase access to decent housing for vulnerable and low-income groups in Malawi.


What you can do


To donate directly HFHM, please contact us to learn more.


Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Malawi or lead your own.


Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally. Quote 863800, MALAWI on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 322 West Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709



Email: [email protected]



Faith Munthali 

Habitat Malawi volunteer relations coordinator

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Stories and news

Safe and secure

“Not even in my dreams did I imagine living in a house like this,” Jika told us after she moved from an unsafe mud hut to a new Habitat home.

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The Water of Life

Kauma Village is an informal settlement of over 33,000 people who live on the outskirts of Lillongwe, Malawi’s capital. In Kauma, many people lack basic water and sanitation facilities, as it falls outside the government’s services.

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Destitute and homeless

After the death of her husband, local laws forced Bertha and her five children out of their home. Now, they consider their new Habitat home ‘a miracle’.

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