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

Ashraf's story

Ashraf 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.

Ashraf 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.

Ashraf 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.

Ashraf comes from Lilongwe, Malawi and is one of a family of four.

Ashraf’s strong leadership qualities were recognized by his selection as head boy of his school in Malawi. Ashraf used his role as head boy to improve his school. Noting the high prevalence of vandalism in the men’s bathrooms at his school, Ashraf convinced his peers to do something. The bathrooms and general condition of other school facilities have since improved dramatically.

Ashraf was also involved in numerous other activities at school, including being a member of the school basketball team as well as organizing a school wide sports event. Ashraf managed to successfully balance numerous roles and responsibilities at once and despite a very full schedule at school, he was able to still achieve excellent results.

A top performing student, Ashraf graduated from high school at the age of 15 after achieving astounding results in all his school examinations, including the 2010 Cambridge Checkpoint Examinations. In recognition of his academic excellence, Ashraf was the recipient of the 2011 Achievement of Academic Excellence in Malawi.
Ashraf is passionate about improving the health care system in Malawi and wants to become a doctor.

Specifically, he wants to become a neural or plastic surgeon, or an oncologist because there are few specialists in these fields in Africa. He wants to travel around the African continent treating patients and also wants to help develop Malawi’s health sector. He is deeply concerned about the current number of Malawians who have to leave the country to seek specialized treatment and feels that as a Malawian specialist doctor, this is a problem he will be able to address.

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