Linda was born in the rural Kwekwe District of Zimbabwe. Raised by a single mother, Linda thought her education would come to an end after primary school. Her family simply could not afford the fees and supplies required for secondary school. Like millions of girls across sub-Saharan Africa, with education out of her reach, Linda faced a lifetime of poverty and menial labour.
It was then that CAMFED stepped in to provide all-round support allowing Linda to continue at school. She was provided with fees, books, uniform, shoes and sanitary pads as well as emotional support from a specially-trained Teacher Mentor. Linda thrived in secondary education, demonstrating early promise as a leader. At the age of just 13, she was elected as a Junior Parliamentarian, representing a constituency of about 25 secondary schools on various platforms in her province and beyond.
“Being the first CAMA member to have such a position is something I’m really proud of.”
“I’ve helped a lot of CAMA members in applying for vacancies in IT at schools and colleges, and I’m hoping to reach many more and get them into the tech world.”
In November 2018, Linda travelled to Lusaka, Zambia for the CAMA regional leadership summit, where she shared her expertise with CAMA members from across CAMFED’s five countries of operation. Whilst there, she also attended a special event organized by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, to celebrate the power of youth leadership. She was one of 70 CAMA members to warmly welcome the organization’s President, The Duke of Sussex, to the event.
In May 2019, Linda was one of 14 CAMA leaders co-hosting CAMFED’s inaugural “Education Changes Everything” Gala in New York City, introducing the power of the CAMA leadership network to nearly 600 guests. Watch the video here.