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Sarah

PROGRESS

OUR GOAL: A CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS GIVING $350/MONTH OR $4200 FOR THE YEAR

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Rwanda

Adventist University of Central Africa

Career Business

Finance

CAREER: Entrepreneur

GRAD DATE: 2025

JOURNEY

    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Sarah said: “In this workshop conversation, I got to know more about how understanding one’s origins is strongly linked to leadership whereby one gets to recognise and embrace the other’s background, thus enabling them to appreciate their upbringing, cultural values, and experiences. So, this self-awareness promotes empathy which helps leaders connect with their team members and comprehend their perspectives. To add to that, the workshop enabled me to understand one’s origin which fosters a sense of identity, which is crucial for effective leadership within different communities or organizations. Ultimately, the most meaningful thing to me from this workshop was that through understanding one’s origin and leadership lies the capacity to leverage personal experiences to build meaningful relationships, make informed judgements among individuals, and inspire one another to achieve common goals.”
    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Sarah said: “I decided to let my personal history inform my present, but not dictate it. Instead, I decided to focus on my future.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Sarah discussed the biggest changes in her life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “COVID restrictions have changed my whole life as I’ve learned to stay focused and keep moving. COVID-19 had made some of us lose hope, but soon we saw that everything changes and that it’s just a matter of time. I personally learned that patience pays and for now I am happily in school and all things are going well.”

Sarah’S CIRCLE

  • S. & J. Zoradi – San Luis Obispo, CA

BIO

Sarah was born to a family of 8 children, where she is the seventh child, and grew up with both of her parents. She was born in Uganda, where her family still lives. Sarah is happy now that she is in her home country of Rwanda. In the community where Sarah grew up, many families survive because of farming. Sarah remembers that growing up in her community was a difficult experience as girls in the community were denied education and the elders believed that girls are meant for marriages at early ages and would be exchanged for a dowry. 

In Sarah’s family, her eldest sister, who is married and has six children, is the one who was responsible for taking care of both families and it has been difficult for her elder sister to cover their education expenses. After Sarah completed her senior six, her family decided to force her into marriage because they had no funds to send her to university. So, Sarah decided to come to Rwanda for opportunities as a girl, dreaming of being successful in education so that she could be an example to her community and make girls feel proud of education. 

Now, Sarah spends time participating in different activities in her class, including promoting girl empowerment by giving advice to young girls who are ready to give up because of any societal abuse. Sarah feels it is important to be able to share everything in her society without facing discrimination. 

Sarah is studying Finance at the Adventist University of Central Africa in Kigali. Her dream is to be a job creator and seeker in order to fight unemployment in her community. She wants to encourage the younger generation to work hard for survival and fight poverty in the country. For Sarah, achieving her dream also means she will be able to provide for her family, community, and country as a successful woman. 

One fun fact about Sarah is that her favorite drink is milk! Her hobbies are singing, reading novels, and watching movies.