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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 Maureen Muketha, Kenya I grew up in a semi-arid area, very infamous for leading cases of malnutrition in Kenya; food was always scarce, disease and poverty were prevalent, women and children were the hardest hit.  This experience nurtured an innate desire to fight malnutrition and develop a solution to ensure future generations would have access to healthy food. I started by enrolling for a course in Human Nutrition and Dietetics for my undergraduate degree. By the time I was done with my four year course, I had a deeper conviction of the path I had chosen and a heightened confidence tha...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019, 12:33 PM

By Kakel Mbumb, Democratic Republic of Congo (Cohort 6) Even though my professional background is in Computer Technology, I have a strong passion towards business and entrepreneurship, for this, I have taken a number of short certified courses to gain a clearer understanding of the field. Over the years, I have had my hands in entrepreneurship and agribusiness engagements with the youth with a desire to change the lives of many young people in my country. I have served as a Co-founder and Coordinator of Agriprocessing and Pastoral Cooperative of Young Congolese (CAAPJECO), an organization t...

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Monday, 18 March 2019, 6:45 AM

By Anna Cheche, Tanzania (Cohort 22) Nothing sends a bad signal about where you live or who you are, like a littered environment. When I look around me, I see efforts of reviving the image of my continent Africa. I take time to reflect and I ask myself what role I have to play in all these and my answer is always cleaning the environment around me. My community faces the challenge of littered environment caused by non-degrading waste as well as lack of durable and affordable building materials. The affected group is the low income earners because most of dumping sites are nearby their reside...

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Monday, 11 March 2019, 12:11 PM

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