Visual artist Enelless Pemba Phiri will start training women through her initiative Anthu Aluso to empower women with the education and training they need in art to break the circle of poverty.
The artist believes art has the power to elevate women, especially those living in impoverished and isolated communities.
She said: “It has been hard in the visual arts industry for me as it is currently dominated by males, but my determination to work hard has kept me going and I believe other women, with proper training can do it too.
“People usually think that female artists can’t deliver when they are given a job to do. But I and a few other female artists have proven them wrong and with this training, more females will venture into the industry.
“I have made some money through art, exhibitions I have done in Malawi.”
Sculptor, painter and screenwriter David Kachepa said the visual arts industry has potential and it can achieve more if women are empowered.
“I applaud her efforts of teaching and training women in the trade. This will go a long way in improving the trade,” he said.