Entrepreneurship & Investment Manager

Elton Chingapa

My story begins in the rural part of Malawi-Africa. I was born and raised in a small village of Kang’oma
in the district of Lilongwe central Malawi. I attended Kang’oma Primary and Secondary schools
respectively and in 2009, I graduated with a high school diploma. In the summer of 2010, I met a family
of Mr. Steven and Cindy Chartier who visited Malawi to do charity work. It was during our conversation
that they realized my passion for education and community development and they helped me apply to
colleges in the US so that once I got educated, I could go back to Malawi and help build my community

While in the US, I attended Gordon College where I graduated with a BA in Economics minor in
Mathematics (2011- 2014). At Gordon, I served as vice president of Gordon College Economics &
Business Organization and Vice President of International Students Organization. After Gordon College, I
attended University of New Hampshire in Durham where I graduated with a Masters of Arts in
Economics in 2015.

In 2011 during our family conversation, we realized that there was need to establish an organization to
help vulnerable students in Malawi with schools fees and other school supplies. Together with the efforts
of the Chartiers, Coach Chuck Breton and several families of Concord New Hampshire, we started Samba
International Organization which was later renamed as Good Soil Partners.

After observing that many young adults in Malawi are still experiencing challenges that I went through
when I was young, I decided to dedicate my life, knowledge and skills to working for non-profit
organizations that seek to bring real economic transformation to society, hence I joined Good Soil
Partners simply because;

1. Good Soil Partners’ mission aligns well with my passion of building a bridge between upcoming
leaders and available resources.
2. I am attracted to Good Soil Partners’ vision for the children of Malawi and beyond.
3. My talents and skills really fits well with Good Soil Partners’ values.
4. Both Good Soil Partners’ volunteers and scholars are driven individuals and I am driven too.

I am currently based in Malawi and I am working as a full time Entrepreneurship and Investment
Manager for Good Soil Partners-Malawi. When I am not working for Good Soil Partners, I love coaching
football to local young boys in my community and my coaching philosophy is that players must see life
beyond football. Furthermore, I volunteer my time at Kang’oma Presbyterian Church by helping with
strategic planning.



I see it as a privilege to be part of the GSP scholarship program as I do not only benefit tuition fees but also the leadership and entrepreneurship training programs. Through GSP I feel I will become a better leader and citizen. Thanks to GSP I am where I am now.
Alepha Kaferekudowa
Good Soil Partner Student
To GSP, my words cannot be enough to express my gratitude for the impact that you are doing in Malawi. Through your help, I am now able to help my siblings and family with some basic needs and I am now looking forward to helping more and more people so that through me they can realize their potential.
Saidi Smoke
Good Soil Partner Student & Graduate
It is a great feeling seeing myself achieve my goals of being at the university while GSP is handling my tuition and other school necessities. What a big impact GSP is having in my life and my family who can not afford my college expenses. I am grateful to GSP for the impact they are making
Amos Chipata
Good Soil Partner Student