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
someday.

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.

 

Contact:

Good Soil Student
Thank you for the difference you are making in Malawi
Rachel K.
Good Soil Partner Student
I realize I have a big role to play to support myself and my family in the future.
Saidi S.
Good Soil Partner Student