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Carolyn Kandusi

Carolyn Kandusi

Carolyn Kandusi is an ordinary young African who dreams of doing extraordinary things for Africa and the world. She is chief executive director for Obuntu Hub, the first youth hub in Arusha, which aims to empower 1,000 small and micro entrepreneurs with basic entrepreneurial skills to start and scale up businesses and to equip them with skills to be responsible citizens. Carolyn and her team have developed a training model, the Class Enterprise Model, that gives students real life experience in establishing and running a business through enterprise set-up simulation. The model is inspired by the belief that youth need hybrid learning with 70% practical learning, 20% interaction with others and 10% theoretical content. In essence, the model is about translating theory into meaningful practice. Prior to setting up Obuntu Hub, Carolyn worked as gender manager with Pastoralists Indigenous NGO forum which advocates for the rights of indigenous communities. She trained over 600 women, traditional leaders, community champions and community-based organizations on gender and women’s rights. She also served on the team that advocated for the inclusion of pastoralism as a national economic priority and recognition of the rights of hunter gathers in the-then proposed constitution of Tanzania. For the first time in history, the livelihood of over 5 million Tanzanians was recognized in the Constitution. She believes that the reason she exists is to be the change she wants to see in her community. To use an emblem to define her life, Carolyn is the leaf of a tree that inhales carbon and exhales oxygen. She loves to mentor, encourage and empower women and youth to build their self-esteem, reshape broken dreams and help them find purpose in life. She is a passionate development and governance expert, civic leader, mentor and philanthropist. Carolyn holds a BA in Mass Communication and an MSc in Leadership and Governance.