Kondwani lives in a fishing village in Nkhotakota District and is a fisherman and also buys and sells fish after processing them. He started these businesses in 2000 with saving of 30,000MK (£28/$37).
He said, “Fishing then was not very good as only small numbers of fish were caught and they were very small because we used illegal and under meshed fishing gears.
“However, the introduction of the Ripple Africa Fish Conservation project in the District changed everything in the fishing industry and for my businesses too. The fish catches increased, I was taught to use legal and recommended fishing gears and this changed my old ways of fishing activities.”
Since then Kondwani has managed to save money from his two businesses and has bought and and built three brick houses (one occupied by his family and the other two for rent).
He has also bought an engine boat which he is using for fishing and he is paying school fees for two of his five children at a private secondary school. His savings have increased considerably too.
Kondwani continued, “I am now financially stable and very grateful with this project to be honest.”