2021 is a very special year for BlueOrchard as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Throughout 2021 we will be sharing with you some of the encouraging entrepreneurial stories, personal dreams, and insights into the lives of families around the globe who are struggling and fighting against adversity every single day. Our twelfth story is about Lucy Wilfred from Tanzania.

Lucy, how and why did you start the school?

My husband and I first had the idea to set up a private school to improve the level of education available to children here in Arusha. In the beginning, it was just us and a few children in our house, but over time the school has expanded significantly and now includes more than 300 pupils, with the majority of those paying a tuition fee and a small number who attend free of charge due to their personal circumstances. I have to laugh thinking back to when my husband and I had to remove all of our personal belongings from our bedroom each morning to convert it into a classroom.

Find the full interview and other 11 stories in our anniversary book “This is My Story”, available on Amazon. From more than 200 million individual stories over the past 20 years, This Is My Story uncovers the stories of twelve entrepreneurs from four continents, who put a small amount of money to work in a big way.