A loan of $500 helped to purchase a laptop for her studies.

Sinesipho's story

Sinesipho is an 18-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (ALA), a two year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.

She was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for her passion for public service, her commitment to Africa, and her demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.

Sinesipho is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable her to purchase a laptop to conduct assignments and research, to run her community service project and/or student run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.

Sinesipho is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and her leadership journey began when she was very young. After losing both of her parents at a very young age, Sinesipho decided to start a support group for girls who had been in similar situations. Despite the hardships she has suffered, Sinesipho was able to use her experience to positively impact the lives of others. She served on the support group as chairperson and met with the group of girls every day after school to provide them with an avenue to talk about their problems and to see beyond the challenges they were facing.

Sinesipho was involved in several extra-curricular activities at her school and even served as the speaker of the Debate Society. Academically, Sinesipho is also a high achiever. She was consistently ranked among the top ten students in her grade.

Sinesipho’s passion lies in journalism and drama. She has written poetry for which she has won several awards. She was also cast as the main character in a short film called “When the Truth Comes Out.” During the World Cup in South Africa, Sinesipho received a wonderful opportunity to intern as a writer for ESPN and Global Girls Media in Johannesburg. Through this experience, her keen interest in journalism and drama was cemented.

Sinesipho is a born leader who shows an outstanding ability to lead herself and others, and she stands up for what she believes in despite what other people may think. A prime example of this was when her school didn’t have a life sciences teacher and Sinesipho went out of her way to have the principal find a replacement.

Sinesipho is passionate about bringing change to Africa. She says that she wants to impact Africa by telling untold stories and giving people a voice through her journalism.

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