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South Africa

  • Andile
  • Asisipho
  • Asive
  • Athule
  • Brett
  • Charlize
  • Duma
  • Garth
  • Jamie Lee
  • Lelethu
  • Mava
  • Mkhuseli
  • Mnoneleli
  • Ntshembo
  • Phumza
  • Shakeelah
  • Sinethemba
  • Tasneem
  • Thuliswa
  • Tlotlang
  • Zandile
  • Andile

    Andile

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Law

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Lawyer

    GRAD DATE: March 2019

    Bio

    Andile lost his mother at a young age and is the first in his family to attend university. He has wanted to be a lawyer since primary school, and is currently living out that dream. He finds his daily inspiration at church and believes in the power of prayer. Once qualified he would like to start a support group which encourages and helps the youth in his community of Cross Roads, Cape Town, to use education to improve their circumstances.

  • Asisipho

    Asisipho

    South Africa

    MAJOR: International Relations & Development

    School: University of Cape Town

    CAREER: NGO Director

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    Asisipho is one of seven siblings who is brimming with entrepreneurial ideas and desires to play an important role in South Africa, Africa and the world. In grade 12 she received a certificate for the best performance in English and Math Literacy. She is a highly motivated young lady who dreams of one day being the president of the African Union.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      England
    • Favorite Athletes:
      Serena and Venus Williams
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Three Idiots"

  • Asive

    Asive

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Law

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Lawyer

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Meet Asive

    Bio

    Asive is a quiet, yet calm, person who hopes to use her law degree to help people in her community because she is a social worker at heart. She lost her mom at the age of 5 and is the first in her family to study towards a degree. She is very involved at her church where she teaches and supports young children in many activities.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Rwanda and the U.S.A.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Orlando Pirates FC
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Mama"

  • Athule

    Athule

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Chemical Engineering

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Engineer

    GRAD DATE: 2015

    Bio

    Athule is the only child of a single parent family. She used her challenging circumstances as a yard stick for what she doesn’t want in the future. She is extremely ambitious, self-motivated and driven, which will serve her well in making her mark in the male dominated field of engineering. She served as a volunteer during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, plays chess in her spare time and is on the university debate team.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      A tropical island
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Pilgrim’s Progress"

  • Brett

    Brett

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Math & Statistical Science

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Actuary

    GRAD DATE: March 2015

    Bio

    Brett has been a strong achiever throughout his tertiary studies. This was recognized when he was invited to be a member of The Golden Key International honor society who recognized him as being part of top 15% in his university. Brett would like to complete a post graduate qualification before moving into an actuarial career.

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  • Charlize

    Charlize

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Medicine

    School: Stellenbosch University

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: December 2015

    Bio

    Charlize was born in Elsies River, a poor community outside Cape Town. She is one of four siblings and has always had a passion for biology and health. She was the #1 student in her high school graduating class and has already begun her internship rotations at a local hospital.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Greece, Italy and Egypt
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester United FC
    • Favorite Movie:
      "The Lord of the Rings"

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  • Duma

    Duma

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Analytical Chemistry

    School: Cape Peninsula Univ of Technology

    CAREER: Petroleum Engineer

    GRAD DATE: March 2015

    Duma

    GIVE TODAY

    Bio

    Duma's mother passed away when he was young and he was raised by his grandmother in a small village in the Eastern Cape. Growing up, he didn't have access to electricity or clean water but he continued to work hard in school. Duma has always been passionate about science and engineering and just began his internship this year at Chevron in Cape Town.

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  • Garth

    Garth

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Business

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: March 2016

    Bio

    Although he is a an only child, Garth comes from a huge extended family. He would like to use his degree to find a steady income, which will allow him to help struggling family members. He also dreams of being a role model to his young cousins and one day, owning his own business.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Rio, Brazil
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester United
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"

  • Jamie Lee

    Jamie Lee

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Law

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Human Rights Lawyer

    GRAD DATE: March 2015

    Meet Jamie Lee

    Bio

    Jamie-Lee was born in Johannesburg in a dangerous neighborhood notorious for drugs and crime. Her parents divorced when she was young, making life very difficult for her and her mother. An outstanding student, she has excelled in the Law Program at her university and aims to be a human rights lawyer. In her free time she enjoys reading, dance, and volunteering.

    • Dream travel location:
      England
    • Favorite sports team:
      Liverpool
    • Favorite movie:
      "Inception"

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  • Lelethu

    Lelethu

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Physiotherapy

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: March 2016

    Bio

    Lelethu grew up in Khayelitsha, the largest township in South Africa. The oldest of three children, her mother runs a shop out of their home to support the family. Lelethu is the first in her family to attend university and is determined to break the cycle of poverty in her family and community.

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  • Mava

    Mava

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Business

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    Mava was a finalist in the local newspaper’s 2013 quiz. He has one sibling and his mother is the breadwinner in the home. Mava has set goals which includes graduating, making a difference in young South Africans lives through encouraging them to persevere and leading by example. His confidence, enquiring mind and huge smile will stand him in good stead.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Mount Everest
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Kaizer Chiefs FC and Manchester United
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Poetic Justice"

  • Mkhuseli

    Mkhuseli

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Environmental Science

    School: University of Cape Town

    CAREER: Petroleum Scientist

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Bio

    Mkhuseli is part of a supportive family from Khayelitsha who provides encouragement and places great emphasis on education. He is the second eldest of four children and the first to attend university. Mkhuseli has an independent mind and strives to find his own solutions despite his young age. He has big plans and also dreams of one day completing a law degree.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The U.S.A.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Soccer. In South Africa, The Orlando Pirates. In Europe, FC Barcelona
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Fracture"

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  • Mnoneleli

    Mnoneleli

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Math & Statistical Science

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Actuary

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Bio

    Mnoneleli was raised by his grandmother, along with his brother and sister. He hopes to be the voice of every community that needs help and dreams of opening a math academy to help kids in the township he is from. He encouraged his entire grade 12 class and coordinated their TNHF leadership loan applications. He also plans to use his degree as his passport to conquer the world.

  • Ntshembo

    Ntshembo

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Computer Science

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Tech Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: March 2015

    Bio

    Ntshembo is a talented young man with a massive vision for South Africa. An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, he has already started his own company from his dorm room at the University of the Western Cape. He's passionate about the intersection of technology and business and is clearly on his way to be a change maker in South Africa.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      China
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Chelsea FC
    • Favorite Movie:
      "The Exam"

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  • Phumza

    Phumza

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Analytical Chemistry

    School: Cape Peninsula Univ of Technology

    CAREER: Scientist

    GRAD DATE: March 2016

    Bio

    Phumza grew up in the Eastern Cape and was raised by a single mother. In 2007, she moved to Lower Crossroads, a township community outside of Cape Town. In high school she was active in debate club, the science expo, and peer education programs. She's hoping to use her chemistry degree to help create "cutting edge technology through science to meet the needs of the African continent."

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Australia
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Springboks, the South African national rugby team
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Pursuit of Happiness"

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  • Shakeelah

    Shakeelah

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Biotechnology

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Scientist

    GRAD DATE: March 2016

    Meet Shakeelah

    Bio

    Shakeelah is the oldest of two siblings and has two wonderful parents. In high school she was diagnosed with cancer twice and still graduated in the top 5 of her high school class. With her cancer in remission, she is passionate about biotechnology because she, "wants to find cures for the diseases that almost took my life."

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Mecca
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      The Proteas, a South African cricket team
    • Favorite Movie:
      "The Great Gatsby"

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  • Sinethemba

    Sinethemba

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Psychology

    School: Cornerstone University

    CAREER: Psychology

    Bio

    S​inethemba is a compassionate young woman with a heart for others. ​ Inspired by her personal faith and challenging background, she is committed to the emotional and mental ​wellbeing​ of others. ​Her dream is to be a counsellor/therapist who can inspire youth from her community through being an example of what's possible. She can relate to so many young women in the township where she lives and would like to use her first hand experience of traumatic challenges to help these young women find hope.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Germany
    • Favorite Sport:
      Soccer
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Akeelah and the Bee"

  • Tasneem

    Tasneem

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Accounting

    School: University of Western Cape

    CAREER: Accountant

    GRAD DATE: March 2016

    Bio

    Tasneem was born in Heideveld, an impoverished community outside Cape Town. She is the oldest of three and the first in her family to attend university. Tasneem was the valedictorian of her high school and gave a killer commencement speech!

    • Dream Travel Location:
      India
    • Favorite Sport:
      Dance
    • Favorite Movie:
      "The Pursuit of Happyness"

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  • Thuliswa

    Thuliswa

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Sociology

    School: University of Cape Town

    CAREER: Community Organizer

    GRAD DATE: December 2017

    Bio

    Thuliswa is a driven young woman who has clearly defined goals for her life. In addition to her studies, she has also enrolled at a writing center to improve her writing skills. She comes from a lineage of strong women and her mother is her role model and driving force. Thuliswa intends on using her economic qualification to explore the impact of crime and unemployment on South Africa’s growing economy.

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  • Tlotlang

    Tlotlang

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Chemical Engineering

    School: Cape Peninsula Univ of Technology

    CAREER: Engineering Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: March 2015

    Bio

    Tlotlang is originally from a province in the northern part of South Africa. He's a passionate future entrepreneur and started an entrepreneurship group at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As a chemical engineering scholar, he cares deeply about the intersection of science and business and has many dreams for the future of South Africa.

    • Dream travel location:
      New York City
    • Favorite sports team:
      Real Madrid
    • Favorite movie:
      Any movie with Denzel Washington

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  • Zandile

    Zandile

    South Africa

    MAJOR: Human Physiology & Genetics

    School: University of Cape Town

    CAREER: Scientist

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Bio

    Zandile has decided to use her education to rise above her financially challenging circumstances and make her mother, who is head of the household, proud. She is the only person in her family that finished high school and has continued on to university. Two of her most endearing qualities is her infectious sense of humor ,and her ability to smile at the world no matter what.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Italy
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Netball
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Tough Love" (A Nigerian film)


Rwanda

  • Alain
  • Alice M
  • Alphonse
  • Arnold
  • Arnold
  • Benson
  • Betty
  • Claude
  • Claude D
  • Collins
  • Diane
  • Didier
  • Dogon
  • Eddyne
  • Edith
  • Eric
  • Esther U
  • Fabiola
  • Fred
  • Gerald
  • Iranzi
  • Irene
  • Jacqueline
  • James G
  • Jean Paul
  • Jeanne d'Arc
  • Jessica
  • Kamali
  • Modeste
  • Patience
  • Promise
  • Roger
  • Rose
  • Scovia
  • Stephen
  • Wilson
  • Yvonne
  • Alain

    Alain

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Information Technology

    School: Mount Kenya University

    CAREER: IT Management

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Bio

    Alain is studying IT at Mount Kenya University. He hopes to one day work in IT management.

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  • Alice M

    Alice M

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Electrical Engineering

    School: Kigali Institute of Science & Technology

    CAREER: Engineer

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Meet Alice M

    Bio

    Alice is studying electrical engineering at the Kigali Institute of Science & Technology. She hopes to one day be an engineer.

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  • Alphonse

    Alphonse

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Water & Environmental Engineering

    School: Kigali Institute of Science & Technology

    CAREER: Engineer

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Alphonse

    Bio

    Alphonse likes to ponder how things work, and has the heart of an engineer. He is especially intrigued by issues of water management. Obviously, water is vital to all of us, but proper management and use is even more significant in Africa. Alphonse hopes to one day be able to provide inexpensive and safe water to Rwanda.

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  • Arnold

    Arnold

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Computer Science

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: IT Manager

    GRAD DATE: 2014

    Bio

    Arnold is a self described tech geek with a passion for the infinite potential of technology to make life better in Rwanda. He is a young man with big vision! He is particularly interested in developing apps towards a cashless economy using the vastly popular mobile phone market in Rwanda.

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    Arnold

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Information Technology

    School: Mount Kenya University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Arnold

    Bio

    As technology develops more of a place in Rwandan society, Arnold believes that the role of record managers will have great influence over how data is managed. He is studying information science and hopes to find a role working for the Rwandan government as they continue to modernize processes and systems throughout Rwanda. He also has a strong passion for entrepreneurship and hopes to start a technology based business in the future as well.

  • Benson

    Benson

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business Administration

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Accountant & Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Meet Benson

    Bio

    While Benson is interested in accounting and hopes to some day work for a large accounting firm, he also loves to talk about much more than numbers. Recently he won a prize for an interview he did with a Rwandan pastor asking the purpose of existence, what made life meaningful, etc. Perhaps it is his background as a Congolese refugee living in Gihembe Refugee Camp that has produced a reflective nature that will serve him well in all his endeavors.

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  • Betty

    Betty

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business Accounting

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Bank Manager

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Betty

    Bio

    Betty came from a family of twelve, where she lived with her eight siblings, two parents and grandmother in a rural village in Uganda. She is the eldest child and the first to go to college. She hopes to return to her village after college to help others with family planning and basic reading and writing so everyone can continue to learn.

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  • Claude

    Claude

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Education & Languages

    School: Kigali Institute of Education

    CAREER: Teacher

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Claude

    Bio

    Claude is mild mannered and kind with a big heart for children. He wants to teach Kinyarwanda--Rwanda's largest local language--to Congolese students. He is already volunteering regularly at a primary school in Gihembe Refugee Camp, where his family lives.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      Washington D.C.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Arsenal F.C.

  • Claude D

    Claude D

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Psychology

    School: Adventist University of Central Africa

    CAREER: Psychologist

    GRAD DATE: August 2018

    Meet Claude D

    Bio

    Claude is studying psychology and education at the Adventist University of Central Africa. He hopes to one day be a psychologist.

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  • Collins

    Collins

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Biotechnology

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Scientist

    GRAD DATE: August 2014

    Meet Collins

    Bio

    Collins is an ambitious student that wants to work in biotechnology in the future. He has natural leadership ability and his innate curiosity means that he is always looking for opportunities. He attends the National University of Rwanda in the high elevation and chilly town of Butare and hopes next year to open a business selling scarves, jackets and umbrellas to the student body.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The United Kingdom
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester United F.C.
    • Favorite Movie:
      "The Great Debaters"

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  • Diane

    Diane

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Medicine

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: 2020

    Bio

    Diane is studying medicine at the National University of Rwanda. She hopes to one day be a doctor.

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  • Didier

    Didier

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Medicine

    School: National University 0f Rwanda

    CAREER: Pharmacist

    GRAD DATE: 2019

    Bio

    Didier is studying medicine at the National University of Rwanda. He hopes to one day be a pharmacist.

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    Dogon

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Literature & Education

    School: Kigali Institute of Education

    CAREER: Minister of Education

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Dogon

    Bio

    Dogon is a young man with big dreams. He is currently studying education and focusing on English and Kinyarwanda with a goal of teaching upon graduation. But his real dream is to return to his beloved Congo and help repair and establish new educational standards there. When asked what his dream job is he directly replies, "Minister of Education in Congo!"

    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester City F.C.
    • Favorite Book:
      "CID" by Pierre Cornell

  • Eddyne

    Eddyne

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Clinical Psychology

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Psychologist

    GRAD DATE: 2014

    Bio

    Eddyne grew up with her family of eight in Kigali. She has always been a counselor: first for her friends and family, and then as a volunteer for the Angels Heart Foundation where she worked with genocide survivors in schools. She is the Vice President of the Clinical Psychology Students Association of Rwanda and is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

  • Edith

    Edith

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Economics

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Economist

    GRAD DATE: August 2017

    Bio

    Edith is studying economics at the School of Finance & Banking. She hopes to one day be an economist working with financial institutions.

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  • Eric

    Eric

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Civil Engineering

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Engineer

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Meet Eric

    Bio

    Although he grew up in Gihembe Refugee Camp, Eric only saw obstacles as opportunities to work harder. He received a near perfect score on the national placement exam out of high school and continues to be a top scholar at Rwanda's most prestigious university. He is passionate about engineering and equally passionate about helping his Congolese community advance forward.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The U.S.A. and England
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Arsenal F.C.
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Disco Dance" or any Indian film

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  • Esther U

    Esther U

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Medicine

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: August 2020

    Bio

    Esther is studying medicine at the National University of Rwanda. She hopes to one day be a doctor.

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  • Fabiola

    Fabiola

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business & Finance

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Accountant

    GRAD DATE: August 2017

    Meet Fabiola

    Bio

    Fabiola is studying business at the School of Finance & Banking. She hopes to one day be an accountant.

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  • Fred

    Fred

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Information Technology

    School: Adventist University of Central Africa

    CAREER: IT Innovator

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Fred

    GIVE TODAY

    Bio

    Fred is a natural entrepreneur and a born innovator. On any day of the week he has multiple ideas about potential businesses or IT developments that will make life better in Rwanda. Yet, he also has a heart for serving others and recently taught english to genocide survivors in one of Rwanda's worst hit communities.

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  • Gerald

    Gerald

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Mass Communication & Journalism

    School: Mount Kenya University

    CAREER: Journalism

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Meet Gerald

    Bio

    Gerald's family came to Rwanda from Congo in the mid-90's. They have lived in Gihembe Refugee Camp for almost 18 years. Often the Congolese families feel like the world has forgotten their story and they feel invisible. This has inspired Gerald to pursue a mass communication degree to become a journalist. He looks forward to the day that he can help shape how the stories of Congolese refugees and other overlooked groups are shared with the world.

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  • Iranzi

    Iranzi

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business & Finance

    School: Adventist Univ of Central Africa

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: Aug 2016

    Meet Iranzi

    Bio

    Iranzi fled to Rwanda from Congo with his family when he was a toddler. He lost both of his parents a few years later and has grown under the loving care of an uncle. He wants to own his own small business and provide job opportunities for other members of his community. An obsessive Liverpool fan, he can always fill you in on the latest soccer news!

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  • Irene

    Irene

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business Accounting

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Bank Manager

    Bio

    Irene is a talented finance student and incredibly detail oriented. As a people person with a warm personality, she dreams of being the manager of a local bank. By assisting Rwandans with financial literacy skills, she hopes to make an impact on her community.

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  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Agricultural Science

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Agribusiness

    GRAD DATE: August 2017

    Bio

    Jacqueline is studying agriculture and business at the National University of Rwanda. She hopes to one day work in Agribusiness.

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  • James G

    James G

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Political Science

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Politician

    GRAD DATE: August 2017

    Bio

    James is studying political science at the National University of Rwanda. He hopes to one day be a politician.

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  • Jean Paul

    Jean Paul

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Estate Management & Evaluation

    School: Kigali Institute of Science & Technology

    CAREER: Real Estate Investor

    GRAD DATE: June 2016

    Bio

    A tiny country with a lot of international investment makes Rwanda a real estate professional's dream. Property is valuable and there is not enough of it to go around! Jean Paul lives in Gihembe Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in a small 12 X 12 hut but he sees the vast potential in Rwanda and is studying to take advantage of this ripe market.

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  • Jeanne d'Arc

    Jeanne d'Arc

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Computer Engineering

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Tech Entrepreneur & IT Manager

    GRAD DATE: June 2015

    Meet Jeanne d'Arc

    Bio

    Jeanne d'Arc is a confident young woman that is passionate about the impact of technology on Rwanda. She also has an entrepreneurial spirit and hopes to develop a mobile app that will help Rwandans order bus tickets via their mobile phones.

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  • Jessica

    Jessica

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Agricultural Science

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Agribusiness

    GRAD DATE: June 2015

    Meet Jessica

    Bio

    Jessica's family fled Rwanda in the 1960's and she grew up in Uganda. Yet if you ask her, she will tell you that she is 100% Rwandan! Her family business keeping cattle sparked her interest in agriculture and she is studying Agribusiness. She hopes some day to have a business raising livestock.

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  • Kamali

    Kamali

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business & Finance

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Accountant & Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: June 2015

    Meet Kamali

    Bio

    Kamali's family came to Rwanda from Congo when he was a small child. From a young age he was inspired by one of his teachers and became a top performing student. Today he has dreams of running his own small business and providing a good work environment for people in his community. He is the second oldest in a family of 9 and is an inspiration to all of his younger siblings.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      London
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Arsenal F.C.
    • Favorite Movie:
      "Bridal Mask"

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  • Modeste

    Modeste

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Humanities

    School: National University of Rwanda

    CAREER: Administrator

    GRAD DATE: August 2018

    Bio

    Modeste is studying humanities at the National University of Rwanda. He hopes to one day be an administrator.

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  • Patience

    Patience

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Computer Engineering

    School: Kigali Institute of Science & Technology

    CAREER: Software Developer

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Meet Patience

    Bio

    Patience loves computers. She is very excited and motivated to study computer engineering. She hopes to make her way towards becoming a software developer that makes the Internet better for us all. When asked how this would help Rwanda, she said, "I always hear people say, 'Hackers broke in. They broke my Facebook or they stole my money.' Even here they exploit people. I want to develop software to stop hackers."

  • Promise

    Promise

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business Management

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Accountant & Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: August 2015

    Bio

    Promise is a quiet student that is enthusiastic about technology and small business. He is the head of his household in the Gihembe Refugee Camp and provides for 5 brothers and sisters. His dream is that he would one day be able to manage a small business that can support his family while also working at a local bank to pursue his passion in accounting.

  • Roger

    Roger

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Business Management

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Accountant & Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: August 2016

    Bio

    Roger's family fled his homeland in Congo to safety in Rwanda in the mid-90's. He is currently an accounting student and has high hopes of working in a bank. When asked what he would do with his first paycheck whenever he got employed, his response was, "A car is good and a house is good but first I need to help my community. I need to help others meet their basic needs."

  • Rose

    Rose

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Accounting

    School: Kigali Insitute of Management

    CAREER: Bank Manager

    GRAD DATE: June 2015

    Rose

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    Bio

    Rose is a vivacious young women with a keen eye for business. In the future she would like to become a bank manager and provide good job opportunities for her community.

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  • Scovia

    Scovia

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Finance

    School: Kigali Independent University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: June 2015

    Bio

    Scovia is from a long line of cattleman and has lived in Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania while her family searched for a good location for growing their herd. Although she is from a humble background, Scovia is a woman on an entrepreneurial mission. "I will become a leader who will unite Rwanda. I want to be a blessing to my family as well as my country." She is currently studying finance and hopes to have the opportunity to start her own business and serve her community through job creation.

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  • Stephen

    Stephen

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Medicine

    School: Gitwe Higher Insitute of Education

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: June 2016

    Bio

    Stephen left his family of nine to move from Uganda to Rwanda when he was just fifteen. In Rwanda he could continue his studies living with the support of his older sister. Stephen has always been passionate about health care and after seeing the need for more doctors and nurses he decided to study medicine at University.

  • Wilson

    Wilson

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Finance

    School: School of Finance & Banking

    CAREER: Bank Manager

    GRAD DATE: August 2016

    Meet Wilson

    Bio

    Wilson is currently studying at one of Rwanda's premier universities with the goal of becoming a bank manager. Quiet and unassuming, he is the kind of change maker that works hard daily, makes wise decisions, and leads people by example.

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  • Yvonne

    Yvonne

    Rwanda

    MAJOR: Accounting

    School: Adventist University of Central Africa

    CAREER: Accountant

    GRAD DATE: September 2017

    Bio

    Yvonne has a joyful spirit and is always quick to laugh. She is the second born in a family of 8 from Congo that moved as refugees to Rwanda in the mid-90's. She worked hard in school and received outside support for much of high school and now through university. She says that the people that support her are her inspiration and she hopes one day to imitate them and be able to help others like her in the future.

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Uganda

  • Akram
  • Alice
  • Doreen
  • Esther
  • Esther
  • Godfrey
  • Jackie
  • James
  • John
  • Lawrence
  • Petra
  • Sharon
  • Akram

    Akram

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Business

    School: Kyambogo University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Bio

    As a people person with sharp wit, Akram always makes us laugh. Growing up, he was a smart student but after his father left his family, they could not afford school fees. Making the best of his situation, Akram walked 3 kilometers daily and studied with all his heart at the local public school. His work paid off and he received top scores and was accepted at university. He envisions himself working to help people and doing community development work.

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  • Alice

    Alice

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Business

    School: Makerere University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    Alice is perseverance personified. She is the sole provider for the seven members of her family. Not only does she study accounting at the best university in East Africa in the evenings, she also spends her days (eight hours a day, seven days a week) balancing the finances at a local restaurant to pay for rent, food, and her siblings’ school fees. Without money for transportation, she spends over two hours walking from home, to the university, to her job each day. You cannot help but be inspired by this dynamic young woman.

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  • Doreen

    Doreen

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Communications & Journalism

    School: Makerere University

    CAREER: Journalist

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Bio

    Doreen has a passion for leadership. She is in her first year of University but is already the university coordinator for the African Youth Link Forum. Doreen loves to read and write has has ambitions of becoming a successful journalist when she graduates.

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  • Esther

    Esther

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Computer Engineering

    School: Busitema University

    CAREER: Electical Engineer

    GRAD DATE: 2018

    Bio

    Esther loves studying engineering and envisions herself as one of the most successful female electrical engineers, not only in Uganda, but in the world. She comes from a family of 11, and she is the only child who has studied up to university level and even got the chance to go to Kampala. Esther is the university’s representative of students who do not live on the campus. She says leadership and good education enable her to live a purposeful life.

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  • Esther

    Esther

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Microfinance

    School: Kyambogo University

    CAREER: Accountant

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Bio

    Esther is leading her family of 14 siblings, as she is the first to continue studying at University. She realizes the importance of agriculture in Uganda and wants to use her degree to set up a micro finance business for small farmers. She is a member of the University Micro Finance Association and is looking forward to helping support her Mother when she begins to earn money.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The U.S.A.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester United F.C.

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  • Godfrey

    Godfrey

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Business

    School: Makerere University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    Godfrey comes from a small, conservative village in central Uganda. He wants to be a role model for those in his community to aspire to be when he graduates and begins to work. He is an active member of the Leadership Forum at his University where he provides leadership training for other students.

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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Accounting

    School: Kyambogo University

    CAREER: Accountant

    GRAD DATE: June 2016

    Bio

    Jackie comes from a family of six. Her mother has worked hard as a tailor to provide her with basic needs since her father passed away when she was six. She wants to be able to support her mother when she begins to work. She also plans to teach women in Uganda how to enter the financial market and save their own money.

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  • James

    James

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Clinical Medicine

    School: Chemequip Medical School

    CAREER: Doctor

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    James

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    Bio

    James is studying medicine, but really wants to help people in as many ways as possible. As a member of the Africa Youth Leadership Forum, James is using his leadership skills in his position as Minister for Ethics and Integrity at his university. He says that in the future he envisions himself as a member of Parliament to become a champion against corruption in Uganda.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The U.S.A.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Manchester United F.C.
    • Favorite Movies:
      Adventures films

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  • John

    John

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Quantitative Economics

    School: Makerere University

    CAREER: Economist

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    We think John can do anything that he puts his mind to. From northern Uganda, he is a leader in all that his does. He is involved in campus politics, helps organize service opportunities for his peers, and plays guitar at his church. John has a joyful spirit and is always the first to get the group laughing. He aspires to be an economist and help his fellow Ugandans improve their fiscal habits.

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  • Lawrence

    Lawrence

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Education

    School: Makerere University

    CAREER: Teacher

    GRAD DATE: 2017

    Bio

    Lawrence grew up under the care of his grandmother from the age of ten. She was a woman of faith that taught him how to pray. “She used to wake my brother, my sisters and I every day at 3:00am to pray." Lawrence loves physics and his dream is to study astronomy. He is a prayer leader at the University Chapel and sings in the choir. “If I am not praying or at church choir practice, then I am reading physics!"

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  • Petra

    Petra

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Education & Business

    School: Kyambogo University

    CAREER: Teacher

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Bio

    Petra is the first child in her family to have attended university. She credits her hard working nature to her father--who has devotedly raised her since her mother died at a young age. In the future, Petra would like to teach business skills to high school students.

    • Dream Travel Location:
      The U.S.A.
    • Favorite Sports Team:
      Arsenal F.C.

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  • Sharon

    Sharon

    Uganda

    MAJOR: Business Administration

    School: Gulu University

    CAREER: Entrepreneur

    GRAD DATE: 2016

    Bio

    Sharon believes she is destined for 100% success in life. “I keep walking and never look back because if I look back, I will miss a step”, says Sharon. She is very passionate about theology and reading the Bible. Sharon developed a strong love for reading in primary school and this has continued ever since.

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