Student Story - Rachel Mzengi
Rachel Mzengi’s map is full of places she has travelled. Her father worked as a diplomat and has been stationed in different countries around the world.
After finishing high school, Rachel’s dad was relocated to Cape Town, the cultural hub of South Africa. She started a marketing degree at the University of Cape Town. But Cape Town couldn’t keep her, and she returned back to Tanzania.
Shortly afterwards, she ventured to India to join her sister.
PURSUING A DIFFERENCE
Rachel was quickly becoming very well-travelled, barely finishing her sample of one culture before moving on to taste another. Next up on her world map was Malaysia, where, as it happens, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree.
Now what? The question on every new graduate’s mind. Luckily, she had a contingency plan. Being proactive, she had started applying for jobs well before she finished her final thesis. She managed to secure a job at FleishmanHillard PR Agency upon graduating university.
Rachel once again returned to her roots. Her roots took her home to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. “I had to kind of had to reassemble what being Tanzanian meant. I had to relearn Swahili.” But Rachel soon got back into the swing of things and joined AIM digital agency in 2014. Here she found like-minded people who had also developed an appetite for the world and all it has to offer.
Rachel was on the fast track to being a raging success at AIM Group. She started as a community manager and was promoted to account executive in her second year. It wasn’t long before she was being groomed for a director position. But she looked around and realised she didn’t like what she saw.
Instead, Rachel wants to push things that really make a difference and have an impact.
She searched for a position in Cape Town. “They needed someone in the root of digital. At that time I only knew strategy and content. I wasn’t aware of the data part or knowing the coding part.”
So she came to Harbour.Space University. She had reveled at the chance to add Barcelona as another pin on her map. “I got to know myself in a city full of hipsters,” Rachel giggled.
CONNECTING THE DOTS AT HARBOUR.SPACE
Once Rachel arrived on campus, she met her partner in crime for her capstone project. It was an interaction design student who had spent some time on the African continent.
Rachel and Brigite Marques make a strong team.
Rachel shares empathetically how Tanzania has so many creative people, but they don’t know how to meet the right people. Her partner, Brigite, spotted a similar pain point in Kenya. “She wanted to empower creatives to get work in Kenya.”
And thus Kivuko was born; a platform that builds bridges from talented individuals to the ideal clients to collaborate with.
Take it from those who have travelled the globe and seen what its people have to offer, the key to empowering those people are the bridges.