STUDENT PROFILE | Safali Libia
MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
“I was hopeful to join university one day. Now we are two Scholars from the camp and a source of inspiration to thousands of children in Kyangwali. I am glad my younger siblings have a better foundation in academics and life.” Safali Libia, Mastercard Foundation Scholar.
A Hand for A Refugee is a social venture founded by Safali Libia, a Mastercard Foundation Scholar currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics at Makerere University. The venture aims to improve the livelihoods of refugees in the Kyangwali Refugee settlement by using modern agricultural techniques. Starting with hybrid passion fruit, the venture has expanded to include fish, rabbit, and poultry farming. In 2019, A Hand for a Refugee was awarded a Resolution Fellowship. As result of COVID-19, Safali and his colleagues have sought to improve the socioeconomic status of refugees at the camp. Currently, they are developing a plan to partner with UNHCR to adopt sustainable agriculture practices and crops. Safali encourages young people to take advantage of the funding and mentorship resources available to transform their lives and create opportunities for more people in society.
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