October 28, 2019  

Jennifer Haist:

Two African Women Changemakers contribute to the Global Conversation at Obama Foundation Summit –

October 28,29, 2019 in Chicago , IL

Oakland, CA — Two young African women visit the United States for the first time to contribute to the global dialog and represent their country of Tanzania and Asante Africa Foundation.

 Gloria Mushi, Youth Leadership and Livelihood Program Coordinator, and Glory Shayo, Girls’ Advancement and Scholarship Program Coordinator, at Asante Africa Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to educating African youth, will be attending the ‘Obama Foundation Summit’ in Chicago, IL on October 28-29, 2019. The theme for this year’s Summit is Places Reveal Our Purpose, the idea that our communities shape the change we want to see in the world.

The third Obama Foundation Summit will bring together participants from across the Obama Foundation’s programs— Fellows, Scholars, Africa Leaders, Community Leadership Corps members, and representatives of the Girls Opportunity Alliance and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Participants will come together for two days of spotlight, leadership development, and discussion. In addition to program participants, the Summit will also feature special guests—both on the main stage and in breakout sessions.

 Gloria Mushi, is an articulate young entrepreneur and strong business woman traveling from Tanzania who leads by example on how women can create positive changes for themselves and their communities. As one of our Scholars and Program Alumni, Gloria now helps to provide youth from vulnerable rural areas of East Africa with hands-on skills and opportunities for the rapidly changing and expanding economic landscape.

 “As a young child my story is not so different from many of the children I support on a daily basis. Being separated from my biological mother by my father at the age of 10, shaped me to who I am today. Because of my own achievements and knowing what could have been, I am passionate about girls’ education. I stand as an example that once a girl is educated, she can stand against discrimination, with financially stability through job or an entrepreneurial activity. She can be independent and will be able to make her own choices in life. She is able to care for her own health, take care of her family and offer education to her children. The world of educated girls will overcome future gender inequalities and barriers towards women economic empowerment.“

 Glory Shayo, grew up in a poor community and was fortunate enough to be able to go to school. This is when she decided to make it her ambition to help the young people in her home community realize their dreams. After finishing high school, she could not afford to attend university, but she was able to get an internship with Asante Africa Foundation.

 “The purpose of what I am doing today is because most of the young girls STILL lack opportunity in our rural communities. Asante Africa believes we are all changemakers, and I believe in the power of “pay it forward”. Through it, I have transformed lives of thousands of youth across East Africa. I believe in Asante Africa Foundation, and together, we can achieve the SDG goals.”

About Asante Africa Foundation

Asante Africa Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educating East Africa’s youth to tackle life’s challenges, thrive in the global economy and catalyze positive change. They partner with local communities to address the root causes preventing children from receiving a quality education and provide tools to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom. Learn more at or email


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