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

Rahinatu's story

Rahinatu is a 19-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.

Rahinatu 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.

Rahinatu 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.

Rahinatu comes from Salanga, Ghana and is one of a family of six.

Rahinatu is passionate about the value of education and making a difference in her community. Noticing the high occurrence of teen pregnancy in her community, Rahinatu sought to educate peers on the implications of pregnancy and the value of education. With the help of the Ghana education service, she spoke at a forum encouraging girls to stay in school and avoid pregnancy.

Rahinatu’s leadership capabilities are evidenced by the numerous leadership roles she assumed at school in Ghana, where she was girls’ prefect and a member of the Debating club, HIV/AIDS club, and the Maths and Science club. Academically, Rahinatu has also excelled greatly, winning the Presidential Award as the best female in the northern region for the 2011/2012 school year. She also won the regional debate competition.

Rahinatu plans to become a gynecologist in order to look after the unique needs of women and their health. She decided on this particular career path after seeing how understaffed a particular hospital was when it comes to helping women in labur.

Rahinatu’s vision for Africa lies in access to education: in twenty years’ time, she wants to make sure that all African children have access to education.

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