Cohort Two Students Profiles

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

Lochen Samuel is from a family of 5 children, and was born in 1997 in Karamoja Sub-Region North Eastern Uganda. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Biosystems Engineering in Gulu University with support from MasterCard foundation and RUFORUM. His dream is to establish a Research Centre in his disadvantaged region to enable young and peasant farmers get equipped with skills and knowledge for agricultural transformation.


Muteti Francisca Ndinda was born in 1995, in Makueni County, Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six, two sisters and three brothers. Francisca is currently enrolled in a Master of Science programme in Agri Enterprises Development at Gulu University (Uganda). She is supported by Master Card Foundation through RUFORUM for the two year programme. Francisca aims at establishing a foundation to train and empower women and youth on agri-entrepreneurship for rural transformation in Kenya and Africa at large


Waweru Leah Wambui is a Kenyan by Nationality. Leah was born in 1995 and grew up in the Central part of Kenya. She is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program in Horticulture at Egerton University, a passion that started since her tender age at primary school. Thanks to the support from MasterCard foundation and RUFORUM. Leah’s dream is to build up on the skills gained from this program and set up a vegetable production farm with a value addition unit to erradicate malnutrition in Kenya, thereby creating employment


Nelson Papie Kolliesuah is a Liberian by nationality. Nelson was born in 1994 and grew up in the Central part of Liberia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science program in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University in Uganda supported by MasterCard Foundation through RUFORUM for a period of two years (2018-2020). He is a passionate and tactful person aimed at building a critical massof transformational youth through agri-preneurship to encourage sustainable agricultural development in order to break the cycle of poverty among rural households in Liberia.


Born and bred in Zimbabwe, Mpofu Taddias Prince is a MasterCard foundation and RUFORUM supported scholar pursuing a Master of Science in Agri-Enterprise Development at Gulu University (Uganda). Despite all hardships, to Prince endurance was at the epitome of it all as he reflected the peculiarity to retain the conviction that existence holds a purpose, a cause to pursue, a goal to achieve and a community to transform. As great things come from hard work and perseverance, Prince holds a purpose to inspire youths from his community and country at large to become entrepreneurs by awakening their minds to their greatness that resides within them. His dream is to be a role model who motivates the youths to use scarce resources in changing the world in the most positive ways. The stimulus to his personal drive is the fact that positive actions and words have the power to quicken one’s heartbeat, make you think, spur you to action and take a stab at changing the world.



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