Annie – BSc in Soil Science

The first born of a family of four, Annie Nkhoma experienced difficulties in fees payment at Karonga Girls Secondary School right at the start of her secondary years. She is now completing her BSc in Soil Science at LUANAR in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The first born of a family of four, Annie Nkhoma experienced difficulties in fees payment at Karonga Girls Secondary School right at the start of her secondary years. Her father is a piecework builder (casual labour) and her mother has a small business selling tomatoes at the market. They faced problems in fees payment when Annie was selected to Karonga Girls’. She was then selected by the school to receive an MMF bursary. She was a student at Karonga Girls from 2012 to 2016. Her three siblings are still at school; her sister is in primary school and both brothers are at secondary school.

As of now Annie is in her final year at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) under the sponsorship of SOKO Fund pursuing a degree course in soil science. She is so grateful for the MMF and SOKO support that has allowed her to reach this far with her education. Her home is in Karonga so her trips to and from LUANAR involve a 10-hour overnight bus trip each way and then an hour’s minibus ride to the campus. ‘It is a tiresome journey’, she admits.

Annie would like to get a job in her field with the Malawian Government or an NGO in Malawi. She says “if I fail to get a job from government or an NGO, I would like to involve in self-employment (being an entrepreneur e.g. doing business to support my daily life and others)”. She believes that through her career some change shall be seen in her community because she will act as a role model to younger girls and women who, due to poverty, think that they cannot reach far in their education levels.