Maclina Kumwenda graduated in 2020 with a BSc in Physical Planning from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic now called Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) in Blantyre, Malawi. Maclina attended Elangeni Secondary School where she was supported by the MMF from 2009-2011. She has remained in touch with us, and we were delighted to receive this news of her graduation, after five years of university study.
Like so many graduates, Maclina did not find it easy to get work in her professional area. However, she is now working as a ’Site and Administration Officer’ at one of the development companies which aims to increase affordable renewable energy supply in sub-Saharan Africa. Among other things her role at this company includes handling the operations and management side of construction projects, monitoring contracts, processing billing, arranging project schedules, coordinating fuelling of subcontractor vehicles and ensuring material delivery as per invoice/delivery notes, coordinating site visits and ensuring that all logistics are in place and, finally, procurement and the administration of the office.
She believes that receiving a support from MMF was a significant encouragement for her to keep going to school.
“I thank God for MMF because they have contributed to my professional journey. MMF gave me freedom to focus on my studies, which is what I needed to make an impact and advance in my career. MMF has helped me to gain visibility. New opportunities may not have been visible without sponsorship which later led and is leading to greater opportunities”.
Thus, she is hoping that current MMF girls will have the passion and courage to pursue their dreams. She gave them a message:
“Whatever we receive today, is like a seed sowed for future generation. So, if you can’t work hard for yourself, do it for the ones watering the seed. MMF is advocating for, protecting and fighting for the career advancement of an individual, therefore it’s now up to every MMF beneficiary to respond positively. I can’t think of a person who rose without a sponsor, you (we) are lucky that we have people at the table of career advancement”.