Alice Norah Lajwa of Opportunity Uganda is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Emerging Leaders Program. Alice says, “I want to see people’s lives transformed. What I’ve learned in this program will help me transform the lives of my women clients. [...] I try to encourage women to save. The more they save, the more they will be able to gain financial stability. [...] This will really help them. Not only them but their families as well.”
The World Festival of Youth and Students in Pretoria took place in South Africa this past year, the largest youth festival in the world. More than 500 young people from around the world gathered to discuss social, political and economic issues that affect their generation. Youth represent a growing share of the population in many developing countries, particularly those like South Africa, where the adult population has been heavily affected by AIDS deaths. Based in Pietermaritzburg, on South Africa’s eastern coast, Opportunity has five branches providing economic opportunities to the marginalized.