For the people of Chimteka, the distance to the local market (Kamwendo) is approximately 20 km. It takes 3.5 to 5 hours on foot, and 2 hours by bicycle. Chimteka is linked to Kamwendo via secondary and district roads made from clay and gravel. Kamwendo is on a main road and a railway line.

Some of the primary routes in Malawi which are tarmacadam have large open drains at both sides to carry the water during heavy rainfall. All other routes are dirt roads. Local people are responsible for maintaining local roads and where they fail to do so sections of road are impassable.

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