Cohort Two Students Profiles

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

Lokwiyon Yoanah is a Ugandan by nationality, born in north eastern Uganda. He is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Biosystems Engineering at Gulu University (Uganda). His dream is to have expertise in soil and water in order to make decisions about irrigation and drainage as well as reducing soil erosion and protecting the water quality, this thereby helps crops to grow more efficiently thus increasing the farmers yields as the results food security is ensured in north eastern Uganda.


Born on 23rd March 1998, Kobusinge Rachael grew up from a village called Gatyanga in Kabarole district Uganda. In a family of five children. She is currently
enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Agri-entrepreneurship and communication management. She has always desired to be an entrepreneur and a transformational youth who will change the mindset of the youth with entrepreneurial skills.

Joseph Aluong Kut is South Sudanese born on 13rd of June 1985 with his twin brother in a village called Mareng in upper Nile region Jonglei State-Bor. With determination and passion for education he emerged in a lot of difficulties and obstacles, being in the refugee camp for some years. Joseph Aluong is a beneficiary of scholarship of MASTERCARD FOUNDATION @ RUFORUM, pursuing MSc. In Agri-enterprises development Gulu university (Uganda). Joseph has great passion in Agriculture and is planning to employ and train youth on how to become Agripreneurs. He believes in rural transformation of disadvantage rural villages through agriculture especially in his native country South Sudan


Ian Otieno Okoth (Kenyan) was born in 1994 in Siaya County, being the firstborn from a single parent family (mother). He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Food Science and Technology at Egerton University, supported by RUFORUM-MasterCard Foundation for four years. Ian purposes that after completion of this program he will be able to give back to the community the services especially youths to embark on agriculture and general improvement of life, food and poverty eradication youths in Africa.


Balyesiima Christopher (Ugandan) was born in 1994 in Buliisa district western part of Uganda. He is only child in family and all his parents passed away. Balyesiima has shown interest and motivation to become a responsible person and a leader in space. He is curren tly enrolled for Bachelor of Science in Agri-entrepreneurship and Communication Management at Gulu university (Uganda) for four years (2018- 2022) supported by MasterCard and RUFORUM. Balyesiima has a purpose to become an entrepreneur so as to employ youth and also to become a motivational communicator in agricultural field in Africa


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