Thrive in a nutshell – and news


  • In October 2021, Thrive completed its latest Fair Trade project, for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, advising 5 Scottish Fair Trade organisations how to optimise their relations with their overseas suppliers, in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Ecuador and Bangladesh. All these overseas suppliers and their Scottish importers are truly inspiring, and Thrive wishes them all well as they develop and increase their trade with each other. 
  • In October 2021, KASFA (Karonga Smallholder Farmers’ Association) became a full member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation). This follows 2 years and 7 months of joint work between Thrive and KASFA, an association of rice-farmers in North Malawi. Read our case study of Thrive, KASFA and WFTO
  • In October 2021, award-winning Malawian media and communications specialist Chipiliro Kansilanga joined Thrive as a Director. Chipiliro brings a wealth of experience, thoughts and practical expertise to Thrive, for our external communications and in our work on media, language and how people in different countries perceive and speak about each other. 
  • In October 2021, Mwayi Chirwa, one of Thrive’s 5 directors, spoke at a session of the digital launch of the Facing The Crisis exhibition of photography and video. The exhibition is of entries to the annual photography exhibition of Scotland’s International Development Alliance. Thrive’s video won the Mitigation (video) category. 
  • In September, 2021 Thrive joined Climate Scotland @Climate_Scot to campaign with others for the things we love – nature, the environment and our planet. Our climate and natural world are in crisis. This November, world leaders gathered in Glasgow at the UN climate summit, COP26. We want their decisions to get us on track to avoid the worst effects of climate change. There is hope. And Climate Scotland is working to show our leaders to know just how much we care.


  • Thrive started work in 2017, developing community forestry in 21 Malawian schools.
  • Next we helped a Malawian rice-farmers’ association join the World Fair Trade Organisation.
  • In 2021 we made a video from people in Malawi affected by climate change.
  • In 2021 we advised 5 Scottish Fair Trade organisations how to optimise relations with their suppliers. 
  • Future work may be on how the media talks about other countries.
  • Thrive promotes thoughtful language in international cooperation, development and aid.
  • Thrive promotes women and girls; all our people are women.
  • Thrive promotes measures to reduce climate change.
  • Thrive people work with minimum office costs: we are nimble as we work to reduce poverty.

Thrive directors live in Cameroon (Yaoundé), Malawi (Livingstonia) and Scotland (Lochaber, Glencoe and Edinburgh).

Thrive is a board member of Scotland’s International Development Alliance.