My name is Odette Nizeyimana. I’m 18 years old and come from a poor family, where finding food was sometimes difficult. Unlike many parents who think it is unnecessary to send girls to school, my father always promised me that he would support my education until I got a diploma.
Dorothea Mpawenimana, a 22-year-old single mother of a 5-year-old daughter, has been the sole caretaker of seven younger brothers and sisters since her mother died. When I arrived at her home, I saw a medium-size wooden house, covered with metallic sheets.
Jacqueline Ntunzwenimana, 21, is a seamstress who operates her business out of her home in Musaga, Burundi.
Marie-Goreth, 18, has never been to school. She cannot read or write. She wakes in the morning to walk almost one hour to a field where her family grows rice and sweet potatoes.