The price of Malawi's deal with the IMF

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Malawi President Joyce Banda has been in office for almost a year, following the sudden death of Bingu wa Mutharika whose relationship with Western governments and aid agencies had deteriorated after refusing to devalue the country's currency.

Earlier this month the IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, was in Malawi - a sign of how relations have improved since the kwacha was devalued by President Banda.

"Because of what we are doing, we will have an economy that will be a thriving economy," Malawi's Minister of Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe, told the BBC.

But what does the devaluation mean for everyday life? BBC Africa's Lerato Mbele reports.

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