Traditionally-made big clay pots, locally known as mtsuko, have for ages been used to cool drinking water in Malawian households until they were overtaken by technology and the fridge was introduced. Despite technology, mtsuko are still in use in most homes, especially in semi-urban and rural areas.
Elizabeth Ng’oma of Mzimba, who can’t remember her exact age, only saying she is over 70, has been making clay pots for decades. She has now come up with a tap fixed, modified traditional pot design.
Thundwe Junior Primary School in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande has contracted her to supply 17 modified pots.
Source: Samuel Chibaya, The Nation, 24 February 2011