The Anzisha Prize #ItStartsWithYou Watch Party with Vanessa Ishimwe

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Join the #ItStartsWithYou Watch Party with Vanessa Ishimwe to hear how she started her business to empower marginalised communities

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We're excited to invite you to the second episode of The Anzisha Prize #ItStartsWithYou Watch Party with Vanessa Ishimwe

About #ItStartsWithYou

#ItStartsWithYou is an eight episode docu-series that explores the stories of very young African entrepreneurs and the key moments that contributed to their success. These eight stories have been chosen because of the passion, commitment, drive, and grit that these young people exhibited as they created their own pathways.

About Anzisha PrizeThe Anzisha Prize seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job-generative entrepreneurs in Africa. We test, implement, and then share models for identifying, developing, and connecting high potential, very young entrepreneurs (15-22 years old) – and their parents and teachers. These efforts will ensure our ecosystem’s collective success in creating a pipeline of entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale. The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation.


Vanessa Ishimwe

Vanessa is a Rwandan national who grew up in Kyaka refugee Camp in Uganda, where she moved to at the age of 9. Despite facing enormous economic challenges that meant her schooling was always interrupted, Vanessa’s tenacity earned her a scholarship to resume her studies in 2016. Having experienced the challenges of trying to access education in the refugee camp, Vanessa decided she wanted to do something to bring opportunity to young people living in Refugee camps. She started her organization, Youth Initiative for Development in Africa (YIDA) to engage young people in education, entrepreneurship and leadership initiatives that can broaden their prospects for a better future.

Her initiative is aimed at the almost 20,000 young people in the camps, many of whom cannot access a quality education in the refugee schools which are oversubscribed and under-resourced.


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