Kanizius Nsabimana is a social entrepreneur who has lived at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, with his wife and three children, since 1996. He fled his native Democratic Republic of the Congo when he was seven to escape the war.
While at Kyangwali, Kanizius co-founded and worked at Y outh Challenge-4-Change, Uganda (YC4C, Uganda), a social enterprise that empowers youth to build and sustain businesses and create jobs. He has also addressed gender- based violence in collaboration with the American Refugee Committee in Kyangwali, developing a system to track the status of refugee survivors.
Kanizius pursued a Bachelors of Art in International Relation and Diplomatic Studies at Victoria University (Kampala). At ALA, he worked on a micro finance project, and Agro Expert, an on-campus student-run-enterprise. He spent the summer of 2015 at the Global Scholars Program in South Africa Kanizius has won a number of awards including the Saville Foundation Pan-African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education, recognizing the best young social enterprises across Africa. He was also a finalist in the Acumen East African Fellow Program. His passion for international development, policy-making, and social entrepreneurship has taken Kanizius on mission trips to the USA and to several African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda.