Tania is 25 years old and is from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. She lives with her husband and child. She usually works as a primary school teacher, but this work has ceased for the time being due to COVID-19. Before the pandemic, she would spend her time preparing lessons, cooking, and chatting to her neighbour and mother.

“Since way back, I’ve always thought about having my own business I can rely on, so that I shouldn’t depend on salary, so I can say these months, I didn’t have any thoughts of starting any business because the things that I would’ve ordered from countries like Tanzania and South Africa, with the closure of borders it was hard. But with the passage of time, and because the numbers of the pandemic are going down and now that borders have been reopened I think it might work…so long as the numbers don’t go up again.”