Anila Anjum is a student studying Health Policies and Management Systems at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. Anila grew up in the rugged mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan, where she saw many women like her mother, starting from a young age, spending more than half their lives “walking miles on end” – trekking back and forth through dangerous paths and harsh weather conditions – to fetch clean water for their homes and families.
Makhfirat Abdullaeva: Tajik mother and doctor turned entrepreneur
For as long as she could remember, Makhfirat Abdullaeva dreamed of helping people. But life as a doctor in Khujand, Tajikstan, a small, bustling city and one of the oldest in Central Asia, consisted of excruciatingly long days, outdated medical equipment, a lack of human resources, and most notably, extremely low wages. As a mother of two and a wife to another doctor, Makhfirat found herself struggling to make ends meet for her family.
Prudence Hainga from Kisumu and William Baiya from the Ganze area of rural Kenya both graduated from the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa in 2018. Both come from humble backgrounds and are the first in their families to be able to attend university abroad.
Alinoro Rajaomarosata: Financial inclusion in Madagascar
In 2011, she learned about the Premiere Agence de Microfinance (PAMF), and decided to take out a loan to start up her own business. Today, Alinoro operates three successful businesses and has 15 employees.