Memory on her family farmland near their village in Mwanza district, southern Malawi. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Memory's journey to become the first carpenter from her village

Memory was determined to finish high school and learn vocational training skills so that she could break the cycle of poverty for herself and for the next generation.

How Memory broke the cycle of poverty by overcoming all odds

As the eldest child in her family, Memory faced many challenges in her daily life. She had to support her family with domestic chores such as farming, carrying water, cooking and cleaning, alongside her education efforts. She often had to walk to school barefooted because her family couldn't afford shoes.

"My parents don’t have a job, so they depend on farming. When the season goes wrong, we suffer a lot and become food insecure. Sometimes we need to bathe without soap. Sometimes we need to walk without shoes,” Memory said.  

“But I told myself I can’t stop going to school because this is the only way I can get a better life.”  

Your support has the power to change lives and can help support activities such as tuition and boarding fees, so that young women can attend training courses and gain the qualifications and knowledge they need to become financially independent.

In the face of adversity, people do not lose their capability - they lose their resources and their ability to create meaningful, enduring change for themselves. You can be there for these people, standing alongside them in empathy and understanding, putting your compassion into action by helping provide access to what they have lost and helping them build a better future.

You can be a partner in supporting people like Memory with education, helping them to break generational poverty

Memory sawing a piece of timber in a workshop. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Growing up, Memory wanted to become a nurse. However, she decided to pursue vocational training in carpentry to prove to her community that women are capable of working in male-dominated industries.  

After being identified by local leaders in her village as a capable candidate for a vocational skills course, Memory completed her training at a technical college with support from people like you and CADECOM, Caritas Australia’s local partner in Malawi.

“In my community, most people think that only men can be carpenters, so I want to prove to my community that women can do it as well,” Memory said.   

“It was my dream to go to college, so I was very excited to get that opportunity. My parents also were very excited to see their daughter go to college.” 

Your partnership in compassion today can help provide vulnerable people like Memory with the resources and support they need to overcome adversity, and build a better future.

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See how the support of people like you helped Memory study carpentry at a technical college.

Memory at her technical college near the city of Blantyre where she completed a course in carpentry in Malawi. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

"Being a female carpenter sets an example to others in my community. They see a woman can do what a man can do."


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