Staff Spotlight: Promise Msampha

Livelihoods Project Manager


From a young age, Promise Msampha realised her passion to work in rural communities; to help and to facilitate change. Promise has worked with the government of Malawi, CADECOM and USAID all with a focus on empowerment, improving sanitation and breaking down inter-generation poverty.

Promise is now our Livelihood Project Manager. Her role is to improve the livelihoods of the people in the Nkope area through income-generating projects. Promise facilitates the sharing of knowledge and skills within the communities to aid the enhancement of opportunities for independent living. She also manages the Permaculture Project which aims to improve production yield and crop quality through the technique of permaculture and better farming practices.

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favourite travel memories is of a trip I had last year with my family to Zomba. We had the opportunity to go around Zomba Plateau, we went up the mountains appreciating the beautiful falls, the weather was just pure and cool. Lastly, we went to see the famous Chilema Trees - so huge and breath-taking!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have learnt a lot while working here. I have gained so much confidence in demonstration and talking to people from different backgrounds. I have also evolved so much as a person and I have learnt to make decisions that enhance the progress and success of the company without neglecting the people its base.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One volunteer was enrolled in our educational project - she was teaching at Nakundu Primary School. She received letters from her students here in Malawi for her to take back and give to her students back in the United Kingdom. A month later, her students in the United Kingdom responded to the letters and the students in Malawi were excited to receive them! It was wonderful that she was able to bring these students from different continents together.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could choose one of the projects at Naturally Africa Volunteers, I think I would choose and educational programmes.

I would love to help at a local school. The primary and secondary schools programmes are time-oriented and have a proper syllabus this would push my buttons at the same time always keeping me busy preparing lessons for tomorrow's classes!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I am always proud of my team, but one thing that is so great about it is that we all work in a symbiotic way.

We acknowledge that working as a team would help the success of the company. The company is unique as it provides solutions that are sustainable and it empowers the community by providing the skills for them to stand on their own.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I am hugely proud of the company that I work for and my team in Malawi and for the amazing work we do together. However, I think one of the biggest factors for the company's success is having the necessary resources available and in the hands of the right people to implement the company's goals and objectives.