Although the accommodations in Lilongwe and the overall infrastructure reflect economic promise for a developing country, Malawi is the fourth poorest country in the world where only 7% of the population have electricity. On the drive from Lilongwe to Zomba, although the natural scenery was spectacular, I saw the hardships endured by people trying to maintain a viable life.
The road is perpetually congested with automobiles, trucks, pedestrians, bicycles, and livestock. One needs to be a very diligent driver here with eyes on the road at all times.
Along the way I saw many “shops” set up along the road in addition to people trying to sell produce from their farms.
Also astounding is the manner in which people construct their homes without machines or mechanical tools and manage to walk for many miles without the aid of public transport.