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Living space Mbinga

The area of the highland of Mbinga (1400-2000 m) is comprised of a political district and diocesan area at the same time. Mbinga is a two day trip away from Dar es Salaam, the lively metropolis of the country. 360.000 inhabitants live there on an area of 11.400 km². More than half of the inhabitants are younger than twenty.

In the hilly country corn, rice, beans, sunflowers, wheat and millet are cultivated as food for one’s personal use. Lake Nyasa is most important for fishing. High quality Arabica coffee flourishes as an export product.

People do not suffer from hunger, but many of them live below the poverty line. They have a very low income, pure education opportunities and they lack the access to healthcare institutions. Vocational Training only takes place in the big cities or the former mission stations such as the Benedictine Abbey of Peramiho as there are no jobs, tools or machines available. 

The cooler season is from May to September before the rainy season starts with tropical temperatures in October. At this time travelling on non-asphalt roads becomes quite difficult. In the entire Mbinga District a public power supply system doesn’t exist. Some schools have a diesel run generator but it doesn’t supply electricity regularly because the cost for diesel purchase and engine servicing are too expensive.

Susanne Hardörfer