The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
David Maduri / Kenya

Province: Nyanza
City/Town: Bondo
Age: 20

Class of 2015-2018

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Scholar: Daniela Robleto Alvarez Scholar: Diana Rebeca Ruíz Anaya

David was born and raised in Bondo, a small fishing village found on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. In his rural village, life revolves around the lake: 100% of the men in his village are fishermen, with almost all of them choosing employment over school.

For David, EARTH is his opportunity to become a leader that his community urgently needs. As the first in his community to attend university, David hopes to inspire students to keep going to school. “EARTH is what I wanted; I just knew I had to come here. It’s going to be a transformational place for me, I know it’s going to be difficult but I know it’s what I need in my community.”  

Among the plans David has to improve his community is the creation of a practical, skills-based training program to promote agro-entrepreneurship for young adults in Bondo and Kenya as a whole.