Introducing Queen’s Young Leaders Isaya and Bazil
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Siposetu Sethu Mbuli and Thamsanqa Hoza from South Africa, and Alice Ahadi Magaka from Tanzania.
This week we are getting to know Isaya Yunge from Tanzania and Bazil Mwotta Biddemu from Uganda.
Isaya from Tanzania
Isaya and his team came up with the idea after seeing how many domestic and international scholarships go unclaimed each year because young people are simply unaware of them. The app enables students to enter their academic qualifications and the SomaApp search engine then matches them with scholarships they qualify for. The app also has a feature which highlights paid opportunities to attend conferences around the world and a recruitment feature which helps employers recruit interns.
More than 2,000 students are currently using SomaApp daily. Since the beta (test) version was launched in February 2017, 450 scholarships totaling more than $850,000 a year have been won by students in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Bazil from Uganda
Bazil has been chosen in recognition of the work he is doing to help farmers in his community thrive.
He is the founder of AgroDuuka, which helps farmers in Uganda access information about market prices for produce in their region. It is designed to act as a low-cost SMS platform to connect smallholder rural farmers directly to buyers, before and after their harvest.
To date, Bazil and his team have helped more than 800 farmers from 36 villages in Western and Central Uganda to gain a fair price for their produce. AgroDuuka has recently partnered with the Uganda National Farmers Federation, which is enabling almost five million farmers to have access to AgroDuuka.
“I’m so delighted to be made part of this great cohort of young enterprising leaders. This recognition of the work I do for my community will always serve as a motivation for me to continue helping in making the world a much better place than I found it, as well as inspiring my fellow youth to take on the lead to address the challenges in their communities.”