Alina Karimamusama

Youth Arize
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Alina is a young woman driven to solve the challenges of gender inequality and economic marginalization facing women in Zambia.

Recognizing that a lack of skills and education was keeping a large number of women from becoming economically emancipated, Alina set up Youth Arize, a non profit that empowers women with tangible skills they can use to find or create work for themselves.

Her organization teaches women between the ages of 16-35 practical skills like basic and computer literacy, entrepreneurship, catering and beauticianship. Once trained, the women are connected to local businesses for apprenticeships and on the job training, while those who are interested in entrepreneurship are given space to sell their products at local markets and yard sales. Women who have completed the program have gone on to become gainfully employed and to start their own home based and mobile micro-enterprises.

Alina hopes to train at least 500 women with work ready skills in the next 5 years, and expand her training programmes to remote areas beyond the capital of Lusaka. She received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2017 in recognition of her work with Youth Arize.


Alina Karimamusama: On growing up in poverty, winning a scholarship to Cambridge, and being Naomi Campbell’s date to Westminster Abbey

Study International


Karimamusama was chosen out of young leaders across 54 Commonwealth countries to accompany Campbell to the event. Still, she’s no stranger to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT): she was hand-selected as one of their founding members in Zambia and helped organise the royal visit of Prince Harry to the country. She even gave a keynote speech alongside the prince to announce their partnership.


Africa: Anzisha Prize – Developing Entrepreneurship Into a Career



Among the mentors at the event was Bulelwa Basse of the Bulelwa Basse Mentorship Programme who worked Anzisha fellows at the event, Alina Karimamusama, Kondwani Banda and Amanda Jojo. "Bulelwa Basse Mentorship Programme's ethos is founded on a mission to mentor, inspire and empower young Africans, to aspire to become the next generation of world leaders. Through the process of developing an entrepreneurial mindset and behaviour in youth, ongoing practical entrepreneurship activities, it seeks to continue to create thought-leaders from the African continent, who would be ready to offer leadership insights to the private-public sector and civil society alike."


How nine young African women are solving the continent’s youth unemployment problem

How We Made It in Africa


Africa’s population will double within the next three decades to an estimated 2.5 billion, with one billion being youth. According to United Nations data the continent is expected to account for more than half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050.


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