BELLA Boss: Gertrude Kabwazi

Gertrude Kabwazi
  • NAME: Gertude Kabwazi

  • LOCATION: Lilongwe, Malawi

  • BUSINESS: Yamba Malawi

  • TITLE: Executive Director

  • WEBSITE: yambamalawi.org

  • MY BUSINESS: Yamba Malawi is a nonprofit working to end childhood poverty in Malawi. With community-led programs centered around improving children’s lives, creating sustainable businesses, and educating on financial management, we are building new beginnings for children, and lasting change for their communities. Parents and caregivers build sustainable businesses and income and can better invest in their children’s education, nutritious food, and health services so more children can live the happy, healthy childhoods they deserve.

  • IN THE BEGINNING: The organization was founded in 2006 and I became Executive Director in 2021 after two years of working at Yamba Malawi. I began leading the organization during the pandemic when there was disruption for everyone around the world, but it made our work – ending child poverty – even more critical.

  • MOST REWARDING: See the smiles translating into lasting change through the impact we make. Making a true impact is the most rewarding experience and honored to be part of it. At Yamba Malawi, we work with families struggling to put food on the table, have decent and safe housing, pay for school fees, and have access to services like health care, early childhood learning. By supporting these families with tools and knowledge to build sustainable businesses, financial coaching, and how to invest in their children’s futures, we are seeing families break themselves out of the cycle of poverty. It is truly inspiring to see the relentless work of these parents and caregivers.

  • SECRET TO MY SUCCESS: Believing in seeding, planting something positive, everywhere. Good always impacts people positively, directly or indirectly. Whatever we are doing now, will change the lives of children but will definitely touch more lives for generations to come.

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