Ripples of Impact Docuseries: Dr. Joanna Gunab

Mastercard Foundation Scholars are giving back to their communities and exercising leadership and agency across the African continent. Ripples of Impact is an inspiring 12-part docuseries showing how Scholars are using their knowledge, resources, and lived experiences to solve challenges, fill gaps, and drive meaningful change in their communities.

Joanna Gunab is a 28-year-old medical doctor living with a disability. She wears many hats – a disability activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of SOFA Foundation a social venture that practices local acts of kindness in her local community in Ghana.

Joanna shares, “I grew up in a society that told me what I could and couldn’t do with life because I am physically challenged. I’ve seen society set standards, kill dreams, and limit people, simply because they don’t fit into society’s standards. I dream of a world where we aren’t separated by race, ability, riches, or anything else, a world where everyone gets offered the same opportunity. A world where anyone can be anything without being limited. I’m inspired to create such a world, just like the one that the Mastercard Foundation created for me.”

Joanna graduated from the University for Development Studies, School of Medicine through the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program’s partnership with CAMFED in Ghana.

Learn more about the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

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