Epicenter Infrastructure in Malawi
The epicenter is a dynamic center of community mobilization and action, as well as an actual facility built and operated by community members.
The Epicenter Strategy achieves synergy among programs in health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), education, adult literacy, nutrition, improved farming and food security, microfinance, water and sanitation, and building community spirit with a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population. Much of this relies on the physical infrastructure of the epicenter as a community and resource center.
The average property size of epicenters in Malawi is 2.5 hectares. The average farm size is 1.5 hectares and is on average 130 meters from the epicenter building. The epicenter farm is where sustainable farming and irrigation technique demonstrations are held and food is grown for the food bank.
All of the epicenters have an L-shaped building, an important step on the path towards self-reliance, and five have electricity. Kachindamoto Epicenter uses wind power, four use solar power, and four also have dormitories. All of the epicenters have a community hall, and on average, there are 14 bikes owned per epicenter.
All of the epicenters rent out their facilities to outside groups as an additional source of income.