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Hear from leaders in our pan-African sisterhood!

Supported by CAMFED in our education, now we're leading transformation in our communities as girls' education activists, entrepreneurs, climate-smart agriculture experts, educators, healthcare professionals, and so much more...

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Vaidah, Agriculture Guide, Zimbabwe

“l am now someone recognized in my community… people seek my advice and I offer counselling to young women and girls.”

Becoming an Agriculture Guide has transformed my life. I’ve gained confidence in myself as an entrepreneur. Through trainings delivered by CAMFED, I’ve learned climate-smart agriculture techniques—including making organic compost and mulching in the dry season. As a result, my monthly profits selling tomatoes have increased from around $100 to $300. I’m able to pay school fees for my children and siblings, protecting them from the worry I experienced before CAMFED stepped in to support my education.

Now I’m leading by example—local farmers are learning a lot from my farm and adopting sustainable agriculture on their own farms. I help other young women to become successful agripreneurs by sharing my climate-smart knowledge and encouraging them to work hard so they can reach where l am today.

 

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Afua, Lawyer, Ghana

“Pursuing law gave me opportunities to support my family and impact the lives of vulnerable people and society at large.”

After securing a place to read law through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at CAMFED Ghana, the future looked bright for the first time in a long while. I graduated from Central University with an LLB Bachelors of Law in 2018—a significant stepping stone to becoming the lawyer I am today. I attended training sessions run by CAMFED where I gained confidence and leadership skills, and got to meet other members of the CAMFED Association of women leaders. Together with my sisters, we’ve carried out community give back projects, including cleaning and donating. Today I am a pupil in a law firm in Accra, Ghana. 

My siblings look up to me as the first in my family to become a lawyer. My passion and self-motivation makes me a role model for the next generation. I hope to pursue a masters degree in company law and natural resources. My goal is to establish a law firm, through which I will train young women, create employment opportunities, and provide legal support to many people with limited resources.

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Namakau, Special Educational Needs teacher, Zambia

“Being a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher is an enriching experience. I’m able to bolster confidence in students and encourage them that anything is possible—just like my teachers gave me confidence when I was in school.”

When I was 11 years old I developed a hearing impairment, profoundly affecting my sense of security. I struggled so much that I stopped attending school and would hide whenever I saw people approaching. But with the support of my mother, who raised me alone from the age of two, I was able to attend a special school where I had the opportunity to interact with other deaf or hearing impaired individuals. There, CAMFED provided me with groceries, uniforms and transportation to ensure I could thrive. I gradually adapted to my hearing loss, especially after encountering deaf teachers who bolstered my confidence and determination.

After graduating secondary school, I joined the CAMFED Association — the pan-African network of educated women leaders. With CAMFED’s support and my own perseverance, I graduated from the Zambia Institute of Special Education — specializing in Computer Studies — one of the happiest moments of my life.

Since then, I have secured a year-long internship with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Arts, teaching Computer Studies at a special school. In November 2023, I was one of 7,221 teachers — along with 17 of my CAMFED Association sisters — recruited by the Zambian Government to be posted to schools. 

Today I teach Computer Studies at a secondary school in Kabwe District. I’m so proud to be among 451 of the newly recruited teachers who are living with disabilities. Disability should never limit one’s dreams. I am proof that with the support of family, community and tools that foster inclusion in society, anything is possible.

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Nasilele, Learner Guide & entrepreneur, Zambia

“I’m a role model to rural girls, encouraging them to stay focused and be positive in all they do.”

After completing school with CAMFED’s support, I was motivated to join the CAMFED Association of women leaders because I could see all the wonderful work they were doing in our community. I also took part in training from a CAMFED Transition Guide to help me in the transition from school to independence. Through my commitment to plowing back, I was selected by CAMFED to train as a Learner Guide and undertake a BTEC — an internationally recognized qualification. I mentor vulnerable students so they can thrive in school and I’ve helped one girl with school shoes. I’ve acquired so many skills and ideas as a CAMFED Association member—including venturing into business, selling dried fish to meet a local demand. My dream for our sisterhood is to see every member doing well, leading an independent life.

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Rukia, Agripreneur, Tanzania

“I am using my profits to improve my life, support my family, and educate my younger brother.”

I first ventured into farming in 2012 after graduating school with CAMFED’s support. With a start-up capital of TZS 50,000 (around USD $19), I rented a one acre farming plot and purchased agricultural inputs. Through CAMFED, I got the opportunity to attend training sessions, where I learned good agricultural practices, business management, marketing and entrepreneurial skills. I am now a successful agripreneur, turning over TZS 300,000 (around USD $115) per year by producing sunflower, maize and peanuts. I play a big role in taking care of my family by contributing to household necessities and supporting my younger brother through school.

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Sylvia, Design Technology expert, Ghana

“I hope to establish businesses to train and employ the youth to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana.”

Growing up, I longed to venture into the male-dominated TVET space. With the support of CAMFED and the Mastercard Foundation, I got to follow this dream by pursuing Welding and Fabrication at the Design Technology Institute in Accra, where my zeal for leadership earned me the position of Head Girl. I led in all activities that concerned students and the school administration. In future, my goal is to set up businesses to provide the youth in my country with employment opportunities.

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CAMFED's support made my dream of training as a journalist a reality. Now, I amplify the voices of marginalized girls and women in Malawi through my professional platform.

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I know how it feels to be excluded and underestimated due to my background and gender. Now, I’m changing the status quo for other girls and women.

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