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Impact Stories & Blogs

Our team share their insights and perspectives on the impact our program is having on youth in East and Central Africa.

By Nixon Chege Part of the Young African Leaders Initiative program is an online platform, YALI Network, which offers free online leadership development courses to young Africans. The YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa also has an online platform, U-Learn, offering courses to young Africans to help them sharpen their skills. 17-year-old Nixon Chege tells his story about how YALI online courses helped him get opportunities he never dreamed of!   Before the YALI Network course on Effective Communication for Healthy Outcomes, which I did in February 2017, the only experience I had...

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Friday, 22 June 2018, 4:58 AM

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa, Kenya Community Development Foundation, Deloitte East Africa and Citi Foundation collaborate in supporting young entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania   Running a successful business is quite challenging, but for young entrepreneurs running a business can have even more complications that make it difficult to get basic tasks done. However, encouraging entrepreneurial behavior amongst the youth is the only sure way of fighting the runaway unemployment in Africa.   To support young people change from job seekers to job creators, Citi Bank...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:27 PM

By Janvier Manirakiza, Burundi (Cohort 8) I traded my smart phone for a small amount of money to help a single mother of seven, who was struggling to survive. This was the beginning of my journey to community empowerment, which later led to forming Dreaming for Change, a nonprofit that aims to address poverty and illiteracy by providing quality education, economic development opportunities and sustainable agriculture to the impoverished communities in rural Burundi. I learnt about YALI while working as a Communications Officer at Village Health Works in rural parts of Burundi. I can’t ri...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:23 PM

By Adams Cassinga, Democratic Republic of Congo (Cohort 16) I am a park ranger and a wildlife activist. I founded Conserv Congo to preserve the biodiversity of the Congo basin. I do this by empowering park rangers with training and logistical support to deliver their mandate, and promotion of scientific tourism. I also upgrade subsistence farming as a way of fighting food insecurity and alternative to poaching as well as wildlife conservation through education of masses especially the youth. A core of Conserv Congo is also to train and equip rangers with skills to effectively carry out thei...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:06 PM

By Elie Mwumvaneza Mandela, Rwanda (Cohort 7) I am a graduate in Pharmaceutical studies from the University of Rwanda and my zeal is in promoting healthy leaving across Africa. When I started out in University, I served in the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association and Rwanda Village Concept Project, all student-run organizations. I realized from that experience that the young people can do so much to benefit themselves and the society even with very little resources. However, there were still lots of challenges when it came to skills development, few or unavailable opportunities for fur...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 1:02 PM

By Christian Mwinjange, Tanzania (Cohort 5) Every year, Tanzania loses 300,000-400,000 hectares of forest to the growing demand for timber in building and construction activities. At the same time, of the 10 million tons of plastic waste that end up in the ocean every year, Tanzania generates about 1,444 tons. These are two huge problems to the growth of my country and being passionate about the environment, I am determined to find a solution. This is the reason I founded EcoAct Tanzania, a social enterprise that uses a chemical free, energy conserving plastic extrusion technology called ...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:59 PM

By Khalil Ndiaye, Central African Republic (Cohort 17) I am a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Professional Management, Science option. The entrepreneurial model has always fascinated me, so much that after school, despite having performed well, I declined all the job offers. I contemplated on developing a unique platform for money transfer and electronic payment system. This project would however require substantial investment and the potential donors were very hesitant, owing to the high risks involved. Understanding the issues, I t...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:53 PM

By Ronald Hakiza, Uganda (Cohort 1) The world in this 21st century has gone digital in all aspects including the transport industry and no one can afford to be left behind. This is why I founded Ugabus Ltd, an e-ticketing company that enables travelers within East Africa to buy bus tickets online, providing secure mobile money and Visa card payment options and enabling customers to avoid long queues at bus stations. My company never generated profit since foundation until a year later after I went through the YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa program, which transformed me. I learn...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:40 PM

By Stella Sigana, Kenya (Cohort 6) My passion for entrepreneurship started when I was pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Clothing Textiles at Egerton University. I started a shop to sell soft furnishing for fabrics such as bed covers, curtains, baby sets etc. This business however did not go as smooth as I had earlier imagined. It was a whole ocean of passion and just a drop of business management skills. My internship at Kenya Industrial Estate in Thika, Kenya, coupled with my work with a non-profit, Carolina for Kibera, as officer in charge of economic and entrepreneurship projects, acted...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018, 11:46 AM

Falecia Massacky, Tanzania (Cohort 11) The beginning of 2016 took me into major career shifts. I had started a new path as an assistant lecturer in economics at Ardhi University in Tanzania officially and I had started Mimi Ni Nani, a social enterprise that invests in African children and youth through leadership development so as to raise a generation of ethical, visionary, innovative and entrepreneurial leaders who will disrupt the status quo.   These tasks required a lot of tact and leadership skills to be effectively executed. I remember one da...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017, 1:43 PM