Yusra is a qualified lawyer and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has experience working in multiple jurisdictions, including London, Nairobi, and Dubai. Yusra worked for 5 years in the corporate department of a leading law firm in Kenya, with a brief stint in Islamic Finance at a law firm in Dubai. She is the co-founder of a community-based organisation and member of a charitable trust which work towards empowering youth in urban and rural Kenya. She has advised a wide array of local and international NGOs and social enterprises on set-up and regulatory matters. She has always been interested in projects that are innovative, practical and use sustainable means to break the cycle of poverty. This interest motivated her to pursue her master’s degree in Development Studies from SOAS. Her master’s dissertation focused on the social impact sector in Kenya and analyzed whether it is an alternative to aid or a fashionable trend. She is passionate about the social impact sector and is driven by her desire to use her legal knowledge, transferable skills and development background towards making an impact. She is an avid reader and enjoys playing outdoor sports.

Fellows Blog Posts by Yusra Akif

Feb 20, 2019 TZ Tanzania

Ever wondered what a more inclusive society would look like? It looks a bit like the world created by Neema Crafts Centre, a social enterprise founded in 2003 with the mission to train and provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities.

The vibrant choice of colors and creativity of products is a reflection of the work done at this center

During a day off from my Kiva Fellowship, I had the opportunity to visit the Neema Crafts Centre. The Centre is nestled away in a beautiful...

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Sep 29, 2018 KE Kenya

Examining the tomatoes growing in Rael's greenhouse, an enterprising borrower from Bungoma

As a Kiva fellow, I got the opportunity to work with two organisations that have always fascinated me with the kind of work they do. The first being Kiva and the second, Juhudi Kilimo, a for-profit social enterprise and microfinance institution in Kenya. I have lived in Kenya for several years, but prior to the Kiva Fellows Program, I have never travelled as extensively or interacted with local farmers as...

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