The kwacha is the currency of Malawi as of 1971, replacing the Malawian pound. It is divided into 100 tambala.

The name kwacha was first used in Zambia, where the Zambian kwacha was introduced in 1968. It derives from the Chinyanja or Chichewa word meaning “it has dawned”, while tambala translates as “rooster” in Chichewa. The tambala was so named because a hundred roosters announce the dawn.

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