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Aminazahra Sigat from Garissa selected for Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

AminaZahra Sigat

The American Embassy in Nairobi on June 5, 2014 announced on their Facebook page:

Today our featured #YALI profile is Aminazahra Sigat: Helping promote peace and stability in Somalia: Aminazahra Sigat works as a Procurement and Logistic Assistant with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). A critical part of the Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS) project, Aminazahra expertly handles all procurement requests for the project’s needs.

As a graduate from the University of Nairobi, School of Business, Aminazahra has focused her experience on commerce procurement, logistics and supply chain management. With a strong interest in the transformative role women can have in communities and with her impressive skill set, Aminazahra encourages women to pursue enterprising initiatives.

As a YALI Fellow, Aminazahra plans to establish microfinance programs at the grassroots level for women and youth, especially in her native Garissa County. U.S. Embassy Nairobi supports Aminazahra as she travels to the United States. Congratulations Aminazahra!

On the YALI’s website, it states: the Obama administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative YALI is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

This is a brilliant initiative and well done to Aminazahra for making it to the selection. We wish her all the best and hope she inspired more girls from Garissa and other parts of North Eastern Kenya to follow her footsteps.


– Waryapost

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  1. Abdullahi Dunto

    Indeed a treasury and Empowerment of our pastoralist girls, great hope for sustainable development in northern region.


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