Founder Spotlight: Noëlla Coursaris Musunka
Until recently, the village of Kalebuka in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo had no access to electricity, clean water, or educational facilities. This has now changed thanks to Malaika, a non-profit with the mission of empowering girls and their communities through education. At the helm of Malaika is founder and CEO Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, this week’s FQ Global Spotlight, and a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model. Noëlla recently joined us to host a virtual dinner with women of Congo where we explored the value of potential. Scroll down to get to know Noëlla!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Positive, driven, consistent.
What do you wish more people knew about life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
I wish more people knew that Congo is an incredibly beautiful and rich country in terms of its size, population, and natural resources such as our extensive national parks and forests. And the people are amazing–open, welcoming, resilient, and wise. There is also a wealth of talent and I’m excited to see more Congolese creatives getting recognition. Also, there is so much fantastic music in Congo!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To work hard and put all my passion into my dreams.
What headline would you want to read about women in your country?
100% of women in Congo are literate and hold key job roles!
What book/podcast/tv show would you recommend?
The podcast Constantly Evolving, hosted by my friend Eve Cooper on BBC Sounds, is full of inspiring insights from a real variety of people who have achieved amazing things in different industries.
Where you can follow Noella Coursaris Musunka and her work:
Instagram: @noellacoursaris, @malaikadrc
Twitter: @noellacc, @malaikaDRC
Facebook: @Noella Coursaris Musunka, @malaikadrc
LinkedIn: @Noella Coursaris Musunka, @MalaikaDRC
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