My name is Aaron Mwewa Kasonde

I’m a 21 year old Zambian studying Economics at Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow Russia. I’m a passionate and enthusiastic young man about the welfare of the people around me, and personal and economic freedom have always been at the center of it.

Growing up on a farm in Lusaka, Zambia, I got acquainted, at a young age, with some of the challenges faced by Zambian entrepreneurs, as they desire economic liberty. These included government intervention on prices of goods, monopoly buying power by big supermarkets, lengthy procedure to register property and start a business etc.

When I went to high school, I joined a club called The Competition and Consumer Protection Club (CCPC). The main aim of this club was to inculcate competition and consumer protection values among the youths in the country as a long-term measure towards unfair trading and anti competitive business practices. I served as the treasurer of the club for two years and later vice chairman for three years. During our club activities we carried out researches on unfair trade cases and anti-business practices that previously occurred in the country and sought to find solutions to avoid such cases from happening again. In my final year as vice chairman we conducted a campaign rally in the city center against luck of transparency among businesses, government intervention on prices of goods and supported free trade as a factor to increase competition.

After successfully passing my General Certificate of Secondary Education exam, I was awarded a government scholarship to study in Russia. During my first year in university, I joined the students’ union executive board in association with the Zambian community. Later I was selected to be a member of the African students’ association committee in the university. These student groups help us ensure African students’ welfare within the university and give a voice to the students in academic decisions made by the university. This protects each of us from bias decision making.

I recently took a summer course on Politics and Economics of the Free Society co-sponsored by Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences and The Fund for American Studies in Prague, where I came to the realization that political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.

I really want to get more involved as a student activist for liberty because I see a brighter future in liberty, and I want to be a part of it. I see myself as a person who will get together all people who believe in liberty and see power in liberty. I have a goal of becoming a prominent leader in my beloved country Zambia, and a program such as project Arizona is right to give me a life changing experience that will empower me to become an effective advocate for freedom.

Project Arizona is a rare opportunity for me to turn my passion into action. I do not take this opportunity lightly and seek to effectively make use of all the packages it provides to help brighten up the future of my country Zambia. It is no doubt that the United States of America is an icon of prosperity and liberty, therefore an education in Arizona would help me better understand the history of the place and learn the mechanisms of free market economy that makes it prosperous. The future lies in the hands of we young people and I’m ready to make it a bright one through liberty.

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