Lilly Musaya

2021 Fellow from Malawi

Lilly Musaya has more than nine years of experience researching economic needs, opportunities, problems, and solutions for disadvantaged groups, especially women and youth, and using the findings to design suitable programs for their economic empowerment. Her work focuses on turning African women in agriculture into entrepreneurs of greater profitability and power. She is currently the managing director at Angelstone, an organization in Malawi that facilitates inclusive agribusiness models with social entrepreneurship. Her research in southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) involves conducting baseline surveys and needs assessments for women in the agriculture sector (especially smallholder farmers) and using the results to design relevant projects meant to improve their socioeconomic lives. Lilly also mentors youth in the agriculture sector. She holds a master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Lilly plans to contribute to the betterment of rural livelihoods in Malawi by setting up agroprocessing factories in rural communities to create employment for young people and structured markets for smallholder farmers.

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