A loan of $500 helped a laptop for his studies.

Amani's story

Amani 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.

Amani 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.

Amani 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.

Amani is an orphan and grew up with his uncle in Kagera, Tanzania.

Through his school’s environmental club, Amani headed a team that led recycling, garbage collection, and landfill initiatives. In a strong indication of his perseverance and resilience as a leader, Amani rose from a leader in Form 1 to the club’s chairperson. As one teacher describes him, “Africa needs creative leaders - Amani has demonstrated creativity throughout his stay by designing programs and mobilizing fellow students in the environmental club.”

An additional forum through which Amani was able to display strong leadership capabilities was in the capacity of Chairman of the Tanzanian Student’s Christian Fellowship. In this role he started a mass district choir that competed in the regional level and won first place. He was also a youth leader for his church and the district chairman of Tanzanian Students’ Christian Fellowship.

Amani plans to become a doctor and wants to start health centers and institutions that will provide quality services and health education. He would like to impact Africa by making education more accessible for children from all over the continent.

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