Evans Wadongo

Wadongo, who grew up in rural Kenya, made his mark early by designing a solar lamp made from mostly recycled materials that could be easily built. In his first year in college, he used part of his student loan to produce more of the lamps – and eventually transformed the project into Sustainable Development for …

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Abraham Leno

A former refugee in Guinea, Abraham watched his mother sell her jewelry when there was nothing left to trade just to feed the family. He and his siblings had to sell fuel in bottles on the street corners so that they could have a meal, sometimes making only a dollar a day. He says he …

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Misan Rewane

Born and raised in Nigeria, Misan Rewane is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility in West Africa. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system's breakdown, were compelled to send her to the US for college, Misan resolved to play a role in transforming the region's education and skills development …

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James Kassaga Arinaitwe

At a young age, Arinaitwe lost his parents and four siblings to infectious diseases, which included HIV/AIDS in rural western Uganda. As an “AIDS orphan” (a phrase which he uses critically), he experienced the often-problematic international development system first hand.  In his essay, he wrote, “I encountered a republic of NGOs claiming their legitimacy in …

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Regina Agyare

Regina Agyare is a young, dynamic, social entrepreneur who is finding new ways to harness technology to promote social change in West Africa. Agyare graduated from Ghana’s Ashesi University in 2005 as one of the top software developers in her class with a degree in Computer Science.  After graduation, Regina was hired by a prestigious …

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