Chifuniro Kandaya

Chifuniro Kandaya is passionate about driving social-economic transformation in communities using enterprises. At 17, he observed that something was wrong in regard to the economic status of Malawian communities. The country has abundant resources, yet the majority of people live in poverty. So He wrote the British High Commissioner, asking for an education opportunity in the UK in order to be empowered and come back to Malawi and equip people with the knowledge on how to create economic opportunities using locally available resources in their communities. He was given websites links where he could access scholarships. Unfortunately, access to the internet was only for a few elite and he failed to do this. 

He was later selected to Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi where he studied for Bachelors of Arts in Humanities from 2007-2010 where, he launched his first business of selling raw rice to non-residential students and lecturers. After University, Chifuniro worked with different organizations in Marketing and Resource mobilizations positions apart from running his own businesses. After being trained as an SME trainer and coach by South African based Dynamic Business startup Programme in 2015, he founded Charis invest and consult, a social enterprise firm that has reached over 450 entrepreneurial inclined individuals with micro-business startup trainings. He has also been co-facilitating entrepreneurship and economic empowerment programs with developmental organizations such as World Vision, Farm concern International, Children of The Nations International and GIZ among others. 

In 2017, he pioneered the organizing of Digital Marketing Conference in Malawi which is co-facilitated by Californian based marketing technology agency, The Marketing Minds in partnership with mHub. In 2018, Chifuniro revised and contextualized business modules for Michigan based pan African e-commerce ecosystem, Moja Market LLC which are to be used by SMEs in sub-Saharan African. He is part of a team that is developing Entrepreneurship curriculum for Technical Entrepreneurship, Vocational Education Authority (TEVETA). 

Chifuniro is an Acton Institute alumnus. He is also a listed Thought leader and Advocate by Stewardship Council, a faith based Stewardship and economic empowerment forum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.