The kwacha is the official currency of Malawi since 1971 when it replaced the Malawian pound. The name kwacha is derived from the Chichewa word meaning “it has dawned”, and the Reserve Bank of Malawi is the official issuing entity. In 1971, the first notes were issued in denominations of 50 tambala, 1, 2 and 10 kwacha, followed by 5 kwacha in 1973, 20 kwacha in 1983, 50 and 100 kwacha in 1993, 200 kwacha in 1995, 500 kwacha in 2001, 1000 kwacha in 2012 and 2000 kwacha in 2016.
The 2000 Malawian kwacha note front design Reverend John Chilembwe (1871 – 1915) was a National hero who served as Baptist pastor and educator, a sketch of the Malawi map, a holographic sketch of a cichlid fish and illustrative figures of three fishers fishing in a lake complete the design of this side of the note. The reverse of the note illustrates the Malawi University of Science and Technology in the Thyolo, a sketch of the Malawi map, a microscope, a sketch of Malawian women carrying pots, the Reserve Bank of Malawi symbol and a rising sun. This note is part of the 2016 – 2018 series, and its color is yellow, brown and orange on a multicolor underprint.
Text: Reserve Bank of Malawi, Promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of K2000 Issued Under The Reserve Bank of Malawi Act, Governor, 1st January 2017, Two Thousand Kwacha, 2000 Kwacha, Reverend Jhon Chilembwe, Malawi University of Science and Technology.