Cohort Two Students Profiles

Second Cohort (2018) of the Beneficiaries of the RUFORUM-MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

Yasir Sa’adu (Nigerian) was born on 14th April 1998, and grew up in Katsina state of Nigeria. Yasir is currently pursuing bachelor of Agribusiness Management, at Egerton University (Kenya) for four years (2018-2022). He has a vision of making agribusiness attractive to the youths of his community, so as to reduce unemployment, uncultivated acreage, and to enhance food security. Also as an agribusiness manager in making, he has a purpose to facilitate access to continental and intercontinental agricultural markets.



Acheng Anna Grace is a born of 1993 in a family of six (one boy and five ladies) in karamoja sub region in north eastern part of Uganda particularly Kotido district. Grace completed her Diploma in Crop Production and Management from Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luwero district Uganda in 2017 and worked with WeltHungerHilfe Moroto as research assistant. She is currently enrolled for BSc. Food science and Agribusiness at Gulu University Uganda (2018-2022) under the TagDev program with MCF@RUFORUM and MasterCard Foundation. Grace is determined to improve food security in her region ,Uganda and the all of Africa by improving on better post-Harvest technologies which will reduce food losses and combat food insecurity and become an Agri leader that would champion community development through modern Agricultural technologies


Joana Nyirenda Nowezzie is a Malawian. She was born in 1995 in Northern part of Malawi in Nkhatabay district at Chintheche village. She had her primary education at Chihame Primary school in 2006 and her secondary education at Dzuka Girls Secondary school in 2013. She is currently enrolled in four years degree program of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Egerton University in Kenya supported by Mastercard Foundation through RUFORUM. Joana’s passion is to be an entrepreneur by introducing new technology system of farming in order to improve food security at her community as well as her country.



Beverlyne Mwangale Oruko is a Kenyan by Nationality. Mwangale was born in 1996, and grew up from the Western part of Kenya (Kakamega). She’s currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science programme in Environmental Science at Egerton University and supported by MasterCard Foundation through RUFORUM for a period of four years (2018-2022). Beverlyne is a dedicated and a compassionate student with an interest in transforming rural lives in Arid and Semi Areas of Kenya through Agriculture.



Lavender Atieno Ochieng is a Kenyan by nationality. Born in 1999 in a small village of Kamagawi, Rangwe sub-county in Homabay County, she is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in environmental science at Egerton University. She dreams to improve and minimizes the negative environmental impacts to living organisms not only in her country but worldwide.




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