Blantyre, Malawi - situated just 30 minutes away from one of the world's leading tea producing region - is the industrial and commercial hub. 

 The scene on the road from Tunga to Chisungu Tea Factory

The scene on the road from Tunga to Chisungu Tea Factory

After a few days hanging with family, it was time to get down to business. Christine, my sister-in-law and key person on the ground in Malawi, accompanied me for a tour of Chisunga Tea Factory in Thyolo. 

 Tunga - a small minibus station and market. Tea fields in the background. 

Tunga - a small minibus station and market. Tea fields in the background. 

Makandi Tea Estate has changed hands a few times over the last few years. The current owners are Dhunseri, an Indian conglomerate with two estates in Malawi and a several more in India. 

Akhil and Satinder are part of the management team at Chisunga. This is a highly productive factory. In, fact it's one of the largest black tea producers in the world. 

 Finn Merrill and the management team at Makandi - Akhil and Satinder.

Finn Merrill and the management team at Makandi - Akhil and Satinder.