Staff Spotlight: Lisa Hassan Mkopy

General Manager
I joined Give A Heart to Africa in 2011 as a student, then I got sponsorship to start a Spa business from the donors through the organisation. I also volunteered to be a secretary in a board of Give A Heart to Africa in Tanzania.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was a trip to Zanzibar Ireland because it was my first time being into Ireland. The beach is very safe, clean and big, the culture and food were amazing; people are friendly and kind. I got a chance to go to Kizimkazi Ireland to swim with the dolphins; I had a great time to explore my time in the sea with warm water and sun.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Give A Heart to Africa makes me grow through the experience I am learning every day because the Organisation gives me the opportunity to meet new people from different countries with different cultures. The program that the Organisation gives to the society and the women make my experience to improve and gain a lot of skills through education.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best stories that I have heard from return students are that most of the women have gotten new skills and the improvement of their English level is great, and also self-confidence that makes them achieve and grow their small business through the subject that they learn from our Organisation.

The students get a chance to meet different culture through our volunteers who have professional skills in different things, which most of the women benefit from.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Graduate program. Give A Heart to Africa offers a chance to the graduates to come back to school to share and learn through each other, though sometimes we get teachers and volunteers to teach the women and learn what they wish to learn more in their improvement of business, language or any other skill.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Give A Heart to Africa offer free education to women who are in need of help through four subjects: English, Business, Vocational skills and Math for one year.

Upon completion, students receive a certificate. The Organisation offers women to come with their young children to school and take care of the children until their mother finishes the study hours - that makes my company unique because, when the student gets to class, they don't have to worry about their kids.

The school hours are very convenient for the women because it's only three hours and 4 days of the week that need the student to be in the class for the study.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that, through the hard-working team, management and volunteers that Give A Heart to Africa has, my Organisation is successful because of its quality and unique education to society is bringing the change and perspective to the women in Tanzania.

Most of the women who have been through our program have changed their lives because of the knowledge, skills, and confidence that the organisation builds into their small business.