Introducing our new Soko Fund Graduate Association Coordinator NANCY CHIMALIZENI DENT, BSc. Despite a very poor family background, and thanks to a government bursary, Nancy Chimalizeni Dent managed to complete her secondary school education. Then, with the help of a Soko Fund Scholarship, she gained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Malawi, Polytechnic. Before joining the Soko Fund as the Coordinator for the Soko Fund Graduate Association (SGA), Nancy Chimalizeni worked as a Finance and Administrative Assistant, and later Graduate Development Trainee, with AKA Group of Companies and JTI Leaf Malawi Limited. Nancy’s desire to work for the SGA springs from her commitment to the SGA's mission and objectives. Allowing for the fact that most SGA members are still in the process of securing financial stability, she wants the SGA to create opportunities for promoting sustainable economic growth and development. This will enable SGA members to fulfill the SGA’s aim of giving back to the community. Nancy’s main role in her new job will to coordinate SGA activities and programs in liaison with the Soko Fund Director and the SGA Committee, finding and implementing viable ways to develop the Association.
News from the Soko Scholars… Memory Mwosoya, a Soko Scholar also supported by our partner Mamie Martin Fund, was selected as one of two midwifery nurses for a placement 6 week placement in a Canadian hospital. This valuable enhancement to Memory’s nursing experience will help greatly as she completes the final year of her degree in June 2020.
Tenly Chimalenzi Jambo, current President of the Soko Graduate Association, has recently gained a place on the graduate Internship programme for Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA). This paid, full time, 2 year internship will enable Tenly to apply for other local authority positions once she has completed her time with MERA.
Increased grant from the Hope Trust The Hope Trust has supported the Soko Fund generously over many years, and has now decided to raise its annual grant to £3,500. This is wonderful news for more women in Malawi who will no longer be prevented by poverty from realizing their hopes of higher education and increased employment opportunities