Scots beer maker Brewgooder works on key projects to halt spread of Covid in Malawi

A Scottish craft brewer has started work on key projects to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Malawi.

Alan Mahon, co-founder of Scottish 'purpose-driven' beer brand Brewgooder.
Alan Mahon, co-founder of Scottish 'purpose-driven' beer brand Brewgooder.

More than 90,000 people in Thyolo and Dedza – township districts in the south and central regions of Malawi – are set to benefit from a £50,000 investment by Brewgooder.

The largest investment will go towards solar-powered water supply systems which will provide safe water for two regional healthcare facilities in Nanseta and Mbawera.

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The projects are set to unlock 3.94 million litres of water annually for primary healthcare across both facilities and train 60 frontline healthcare workers to help educate the population on how to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The work will be carried out in partnership with the brewer’s long-term partner, the One Foundation.

Alan Mahon, Brewgooder’s co-founder, said: “We know first-hand how challenging this pandemic has been in the UK, but we can’t abandon developing countries and let them fight it on their own. The pandemic should have taught everyone how truly interconnected we are.

“Although we’ve pivoted during the pandemic to be able to provide support to people in the UK who are affected, our core mission is to provide clean water to those in need. We’re proud to be able to put clean water right at the heart of the battle against coronavirus in Malawi.

“Not only will these projects support primary healthcare for years to come, they will also empower and better equip these communities to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“Those most impacted by climate change are those least able to fight it. Developing communities face huge challenges, the biggest being Covid, climate and lack of clean water. It is our duty to help.

“As a purpose-driven brand, we’ve made that our mission. We hope that with COP-26 coming to Glasgow later this year, it can be a real turning point that causes more politicians, companies and consumers to wake up to their responsibilities.”

Last year, Brewgooder responded to the pandemic by crowdfunding more than 28,000 beers and messages of support for frontline NHS workers. They also raised more than £5,000 for a hardship fund for actors.

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