Mtakataka, Malawi – The mild-mannered woman who zips around a farmhouse packed with knick-knacks and insists her guests eat a meal before any introductions, presents a character at odds with her fearsome reputation of being Malawi’s top marriage terminator.

Thirteen years ago, Theresa Kachindamoto could not have conceived of ever leaving her job of 27 years as a secretary at a city college in Zomba, another district in Southern Malawi.

Chief annuls child marriages so that girls in Malawi can go to school Chief annuls child marriages so that girls in Malawi can go to school

She had no desire to return home to Monkey Bay, a stunning cluster of mountains in…