The Friends of The Soko Fund, was established to raise funds for the advancement of university education for women in Africa. It works
primarily through The Soko Fund, a Scottish based non-profit that has been supporting women students at universities in Malawi since 2004.
Malawi is a small country of approximately 11 million people in sub-saharan Africa, and one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. Formerly a British colony, it became an independent Republic in 1964. Since then it has experienced an unusually high level of civil peace and political stability. But its largely subsistance economy and lack of natural resources, combined with the AIDS epidemic, have been major obstacles to its development. Education is crucial to changing this, and the higher education of women has a key part to play.
Money raised by the Friends of The Soko Fund is distributed at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, and grants may be made to any organization that is effectively promoting university education for women in Africa.