Sukali village is a poor, rural village in Chikwawa State, Malawi, in the Southern region of the country. The people have often suffered from what is called ‘the hunger season’ …when it’s dry they eventually run out of food.
The village is in a hilly area and people get their drinking water from hand dug wells. The soil is stony and hard, and people depend on the seasonal river that runs from top to bottom as to where they dig around. Some of the people farm along the banks for vegetables, and use the banks for grazing so it is shared with animals and polluted with animal waste. The water is surface and very contaminated.
Children often miss school because they must spend much time fetching water. There is no borehole in this village.