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Mandela Washington Fellow

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow: Rabiatou Harouna Moussa

Rabiatou Harouna Moussa Software Engineer, Orange Niger, Niger

Since childhood, Rabiatou Harouna Moussa has been passionate about technology and business. From playing with computer desktops and raptly watching “geeky” characters on television shows and movies, Rabiatou realized that she wanted to pursue a career in technology. After contemplating all of the the different careers and types of engineering that she could study, Rabiatou ultimately decided that she would go into software engineering. For her, engineering would be her way to develop the innovative tools needed to tackle her country’s issues and shape its future course.

“I am a dreamer,” says Rabiatou. “I strive to be the change that I want to see in my country.”

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow: Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube

Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube, Founder and Creative Director, Young Hustla Initiative, South Africa

Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube was troubled by the high levels of unemployment among young people in his home country, South Africa, where the educational system encouraged job seeking rather than job creation.

“Our society thinks that we need to encourage kids to go to school and get jobs, but the fundamental thing that we forget is if everyone is going to look for jobs, who is actually creating these jobs?” says Andile.

The concept of job creation was one of the major driving forces in his founding of the Young Hustla Initiative, where he and his team teach classes on entrepreneurship and business to underprivileged and previously disadvantaged young people and their communities. They feel that many young people have lost their sense of purpose and that young people need a “helping hand” to discover their true potential.

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow: Ruvimbo Katiyo

Ruvimbo Katiyo Creator, Hair and Beauty Hub, Zimbabwe

Ruvimbo Katiyo has over four years in the beauty and fashion industry, including hair care, cosmetics, and jewelry design. Her passion for using entrepreneurship to make a positive impact in her community was ignited during her sophomore year at Berea College in Kentucky, where she was selected as a fellow for the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good Program. The program, designed in the Appalachian region, allowed her to witness the challenges that people face in the Appalachian region, which motivated her to apply the same model to her community. After her graduation, Ruvimbo returned to Zimbabwe where she began using her talents in design and jewelry as a starting point for earning a steady income. Later, she started to teach other women these skills in order to provide them with ways to earn their own income. 

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