Meet the Zimbabwean Power Couple Behind One of Africa's Most Impactful Foundations

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When the Zimbabwean couple Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa started their Higherlife Foundation in 1996, it focused on educational initiatives for at-risk African children, funded both merit and needs-based scholarships, and building libraries and resource centers. To date, the organization has touched the lives of 250,000 children. Today, the foundation's work includes health care, medical aid, crisis response, leadership development, food insecurity and the development of rural economies and, in addition to Zimbabwe, has a presence in Lesotho, Burundi, Rwanda, Swaziland, South Africa and Kenya.
The Masiyiwas, routinely hailed as two of the continent's most generous philanthropists, have also expanded their reach: Strive, a billionaire telecommunications mogul (and Zimbabwe's richest man) who sits on the Council on Foreign Relations' global advisory council, has become the African Union's special envoy appointed to mobilize the private sector response to Covid-19 and is also on Netflix's board of directors. Tsitsi is a founding member of the African Philanthropy Forum and a member of the Generation Unlimited Global Leadership Council. Both have also been signatories of the Giving Pledge since 2014.
This story will appear in Town & Country's Summer 2021 issue.
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