Ellen Chilemba is the 2017 Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year

Ellen Chilemba ’17 is the Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year’s grand-prize winner for her work and founding of her organization Tiwale. Chilemba’s community-based social enterprise gives microloans to women in Malawi, where girls are often forced to leave school and marry at age 12 or 13.

“I was so honored when I learned that I had been chosen,” said Chilemba. “All of the finalists were doing incredible work.”

Glamour’s 60-year-old contest spotlights “dynamos and glass-ceiling breakers” at colleges around the country. Chilemba joins the ranks of entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, athletes and poets who have gone forth and made the world a better place. Read the full article here.


Visit her website to learn more about her upcoming projects. Congratulations Ellen, the ALA community is proud of you!


Chilemba is an award-winning activist and social entrepreneur. She is recognized for her work in promoting women’s access to education in Malawi. For her efforts, she is one of Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30, a We Are Family Foundation’s Global Teen Leader, a Powell Emerging Leader, an Ashoka Future Forward Winner and a Global Changemaker. The images are from the Tiwale social media pages.