Elisabetta Colabianchi was born in San Francisco, California and is a graduate of the University of San Diego where she studied foreign languages, biology, and peace & justice studies. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City to work with a non-profit organization helping low-income clients apply for public benefits and learn about financial management. While in New York, she studied global affairs at New York University and participated in a study abroad trip to the United Nations in Geneva. This experience inspired her to apply for the Peace Corps. Shortly after, she moved to Mozambique and began working as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a rural hospital. When Elisabetta returned to the United States in the fall of 2014, she created a non-profit social enterprise, Kurandza, to continue supporting the village where she lived and worked for three years. She now splits her time between California and Mozambique.
Percina Miocha was born in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, where she grew up with her family. Her family had moved to Maputo from Guija District during the civil war. When Percina was in elementary school, she moved back to Guija with her family to live in a rural village without electricity or running water. Percina always loved learning and despite the 10 mile walk to school, she was the first girl in her village to graduate from high school. Percina has always been very active in her community, holding roles as President of the youth health club, member of the Mozambican youth group, and has worked for several NGOs. Her dream is to become a Doctor or an Accountant one day. She has one child, Lindsey Brianna, who is two and a half years old. She is the Country Director of Kurandza in Mozambique and is responsible for managing all of our programs on the ground. Percina recently visited the United States for the first time last March!