Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur who has devoted her life to empowering the lives of young people through education. She started working in philanthropy in the early 1990s through the work of her husband, Strive Masiyiwa, in the telecommunications business in Zimbabwe. During that time, the country was gripped by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and many families lost breadwinners. The impact of the pandemic touched her heart and she started supporting the children of employees and community members that would have passed on due to this pandemic.
She dedicated her life to supporting young children and orphans’ lives. Together with her husband, she founded Higherlife Foundation in 1996, which has supported over 250,000 children to access education services. It has become one of the largest scholarship program in Africa and thousands of children have gone on to receive tertiary scholarships to study at the world top universities.