COVID-19 and Ukraine have forced us to reduce the size of chapati - Prince

Prince Emmanuel, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC is now in Dzaleka camp in Malawi. he is a good chapati cook but the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 has caused him to reduce the size of the chapati.

The refugee is none other than Prince Emmanuel from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC who while at his chapati cooking booth called King Chapati in the Dzaleka camp says he arrived at the camp here in Malawi in 2019.

After arriving here, challenges at home and opportunities at camp became opportunities for him!! He had to learn to cook chapati saying, "I looked for a job to help my parents. I was lucky to learn how to cook chapati." Refugees and locals love chapati's. Our shop is the oldest in making chapati here in the camp and everyone loves King Chapati.”

COVID-19 and now the war in Ukraine increased the prices of its raw materials which are flour and oil.

The price of flour and oil increased

Prince says "products went up in price," while speaking in a mix of Swahili and French he says the cost of flour increased from $30 cents to $90 cents while a liter of fuel rose from $68 cents to $2 and 50 cents. So he had to take action. considering his tagline on his booth is King Chapati, Enemy of Hunger!

We decided to reduce the size of the chapati, and the customers complained

They had to take action to be able to make a profit saying, "So we reduced the thickness of the chapati and then we use less oil. People don't have money in the camp and we saw that if we increase the price of chapati, we will rush customers. But our customers are not very happy as we reduced the size of the chapati's. But we told them there is no way we have to do that so they don't run away from us. And everything will be completely priceless.”

Approximately 43,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been registered in Dzaleka camp and WFP continues to provide them with food and cash rations so that they can meet their needs.

This article was first published by UN news

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