Bwalya Witika Maketo

Field of Study: Civic Engagement

Cohort: 2017

Country: Zambia

Leadership Institute: Arizona State University

Bwalya Maketo is an English Language teacher, with over 5 years' experience. She is also the founder of an NGO called the Zambian Women With Skills, whose primary focus is equipping Zambian Women with the tools and resources needed to identify and harness practical skills and talents, thereby effectively translating them into sustainable streams of income.Bwalya holds a bachelor's degree in Arts with Education from the University of Zambia and is passionate about women's empowerment and entrepreneurship at various levels. She is, therefore, committed to creating a Zambia were women are given an opportunity to acquire the relevant tools needed to create sustainable streams of income. It is women that largely contribute to poverty reduction at the household level and the growth of micro enterprises at national level.She hopes that her efforts will combat the unemployment and stagnating income generation challenges that the majority of the Zambia's population currently faces. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she intends to widen her scope of work and reach out to more women through her platform by providing help in the form of skills training programs, entrepreneurship training activities, networking opportunities, mentorship, skills promotion, and co-operation.