An Introduction Of Malawi

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This research memorandum’s purpose is to provide an introduction to Malawi. A locked South African country, home to one of the largest lakes in the continent. It describes the people, their culture and way of life and how this relates to Hofstede and Halls cultural dimensions. It also provides important travel information for any US citizen considering a trip to this beautiful country. Kwacha is the Malawian currency. The currency value, and in particular the volatility of the exchange rate we can see since 2012 is representative of some of the governmental struggles of recent years. The country as a whole is struggling to deal with the aids pandemic and government corruption and misuse of funds has done little to improve the…show more content…
Malawians eat ground corn meal which is cooked with water and eaten vegetables and meat or fish. 1.2. NATIONAL DRESS Women wear a large cloth called ‘Chitenje”. It’s a large cloth with different design patterns that are usually matched with a head cloth and a blouse. The Chitenje has many uses apart from dressing, it can used as a baby carrier, apron, and table cloth. Because predominately Malawi is a Christian country many women dress up on Sundays wearing their finest chitenje’s – if a person can afford to get the chitenje sewed by a tailor into an outfit then it is considered a very expensive outfit. Men have no particular way of dressing apart from jeans and t-shirts. Some men wear cultural outfits like the chitenje’s sewed into an outfit or some wear robes for religious beliefs e.g. Muslim tribes. 1.3. WAY OF LIFE Malawi is an agricultural economy, they rely heavily on growing and harvesting their own food. In urban areas where land is not as vast, people still have gardens in their back yards to grow their own vegetables or fruits. So the weather plays a major role in the economy of Malawi. Families build houses close together in a small compound with separate, eating and storage of harvested corn. 1.4. CULTURAL DIMENSIONS – HOFSTEDE AND HALL According to Hofstede’s cultural dimensions research conducted by the Hofstede
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