Cohort Two Students Profiles

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

Mutai Kiplangat Jonah, is a Kenyan and was born on in 1993 in Narok, Rift Valley, Kenya. He is also a student at Egerton University pursuing Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and supported by Mastercard Foundation through RUFORUM. It’s with the knowledge that he gains that enables him address the problems resulting from environmental degradation and solving them.



Hanan Sirat Ahmed is Kenyan by nationality. She was born on in 1993 in a small town known as Isiolo. She grew up there with her nine siblings. She is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science programme in Environmental Science at Egerton University (Kenya) with support from RUFORUM and MasterCard Foundation which is funding her education for four years. Coming from a marginalized area she dreams to educate the youth on the importance of gender inclusivity in science and other fields which are perceived to be for the male gender.


Lewis Mithamo Githinji (Kenyan) was born in 1992, grew up in central region of Kenya, in a family of seven. He is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Science program in Horticulture, a passion which developed since his younger age, since he grew up in a farming family. He is being supported by MasterCard through RUFORUM scholarship for a period of four years. Lewis objective is to mentor youth, establish horticultural enterprises for jobs creation and research center for training and solving various challenges facing rural farmers.



Adilu Kato Omia is a Ugandan, and born in 1993 in Woroworo village West Nile region of Uganda. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor programme in horticulture at Egerton university in kenya, with support from RUFORUM. His major passion is in Agribusiness, and he wants to improve the standard and income level of farmers in Arua district through supply of improved seed modern agricultural techniques and value addition chains under an agribusiness company.



Nafula Marveen (a Ugandan) was born in 1990 and grew up in the Eastern part of Uganda. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science program in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University (Uganda), thanks to the support from MasterCard foundation and RUFORUM. Marveen’s dream is to set up a demonstration farm which will act as a learning center for both students and farmers, provide employment to many youths and improve their livelihoods.



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