Alice grew up in rural Zambia, helping her hard-working widowed mother of ten by selling cassava leaves and working as a maid to help buy food and school supplies. There was never enough money. Often, the family subsisted on just one meal per day.
“This gave me a platform to provide mentorship to youths in the community where I helped link them to microfinance institutions. I also assisted 20 community members to open bank accounts and 15 set up businesses. I am constantly mentoring youths on the importance of budgeting, saving and banking.”
Alice started a poultry business to fund her own university education, obtaining a diploma in Human Resource Management at the National Institution of Public Administration in Lusaka. She recently completed a degree in Sociology through distance learning at Women’s University of Africa.
Camfed hired Alice as a Provincial Program Assistant for the Lapula Province where she gained experience in education operations at a provincial level. She now works as Camfed Zambia’s District Operations Secretariat in Samfya, collaborating closely with partner schools and district ministry officials on Camfed’s Community Development Committee, many of whom she knows from her own school days and involvement with the CAMA network.
“It has been a great transformation; I never thought that people would at some stage look up to me for guidance and as a leader. My journey has helped me address challenges such as poverty. My struggles have taught me to become a team player. I have come full circle from a shy girl to a more confident and focused lady.”