Isaac is a 17-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.
Isaac was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.
Isaac is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to conduct assignments and research, to run his 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.
Isaac comes from Benoni, South Africa where he lived with his mother, a single parent.
For Isaac, being a leader means that “in the face of a difficult situation or when solutions are needed, he is willing to assist in all relief efforts, to take a stand and think big.”
He is passionate about helping the less privileged and sees his mission as “sustaining the smiles of those who are already smiling and putting a smile on the faces of those who are sad.” He is also very passionate about healthcare and wants to become a neuro-cardiologist. To this end, Isaac volunteers at a local hospital.
Academically, Isaac is a high achiever. He has won the Principals Award for academic merit and was among the top ten performing students at his school.
Isaac plans to impact Africa by providing essential healthcare facilities and healthcare education within communities. He wants to earn leadership roles that will enable him to initiate healthcare reform and to pioneer the study of neuro-cardiology to make the brain and heart collaborate to prevent heart disease and extend life. He also wants to use music to promote freedom and unity. “We can create equality when we have equal access to good health care, and we can communicate together efficiently when we sing in the same harmony,” he says.
Through politics, he also plans to implement the necessary healthcare reforms that will "make the continent a jewel in global transformation." Lastly, he hopes to venture into music and use it to "inspire future generations to move forward with positivity." He hopes to found the "spread love foundation" with the mission of "transforming and changing the lives of people living in Africa so that our progress can have a massive ripple effect: a tsunami of change."
About African Leadership Academy
African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a pan-African institution established to transform Africa by identifying, developing and connecting the continent’s next generation of leaders. ALA utilizes a vast network of contacts across Africa to identify the most promising 15- to 19-year-old leaders on the continent. These future leaders are then brought together for a two-year pre-university program at a world-class institution in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many of these students attend college in the U.S. with the promise to return to Africa after their studies. ALA’s student body comes from over 44 African countries and includes equal numbers of boys and girls.
In the digital age, the importance of technology in leadership and student life cannot be underestimated. To equip ALA students with the technological tools they need to be transformative leaders, Kiva provides laptop loans totalling about $500 per student ad the start of every academic year.
Loan documentation for this student has been signed by both the student and his or her parent or guardian. Further, this student's parent or guardian has been consulted throughout the process of this student's decision to take on a loan through Kiva.
This partner joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner pose a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.