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power outages in Malawi

"No power, no business"

As lengthy and frequent blackouts dim the nation, sex workers have not been spared the effects of the power crisis.

I met one night queen at Chikwawa Boma last week. She said ussually she makes about K10 000 a night. But since last month, the highest she can get is K2 000 and at times this goes down to K500.

She charges each customer K2 500 for a short time service and K5 000 the whole night.

We will name her Zione. She is 19 years old, but has been working as a sex worker since last year.

"Blackouts negatively hit small businesses"

Prevailing and prolonged power outages in the country are negatively impacting on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have expressed concern that their businesses are almost dying.

Currently, the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)—that sells power to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)—is only generating 160 megawatts (MW) of electricity against the average demand of 300MW, due to low water levels in the Shire River, which harbours 90 percent of Egenco’s hydro-electric power plants.