Mwajuma Kiwala’s StoryMwajuma Kiwala, 20years old.

Mwajuma joined the ECM Child Sponsorship at 8years old while in Primary 3. Hailing from a family of 11 children, it was not easy for Mwajuma’s mother to provide for her entire family single-handedly. Mwajuma’s mum was and still is a market vendor.

Initially, Mwajuma and her 10 siblings were all living in a 2 roomed house with their parents. Often times, they would go hungry “mum had to pay fees and cater for all our needs by herself.”

She painfully recalls her father telling her that he doesn’t waste money on girls. Mwajuma’s father was the type who believed that the woman’s place is in the kitchen, and that educating the girl child is a waste of time and resources. Even when he later started earning some penny to his name, his attitude towards girl-child education did not change.

Mwajuma completed senior six in 2017 and is now under the Next Step Program which will enable her smooth transition into the employment world. She currently stays with her elder sister, who is also a market vendor in Kasangati town Council.

With a dire desire for self-employment, she advises her fellow girls who are under the ECM Sponsorship Program to be patient, but also pray for their sponsors regularly.

She is hopeful that she will be able to pursue a hands-on course and start a business that will enable her give back to her family and community

She painfully recalls her father telling her that he doesn’t waste money on girls. Mwajuma’s father was the type who believed that the woman’s place is in the kitchen, and that educating the girl child is a waste of time and resources. Even when he later started earning some penny to his name, his attitude towards girl-child education did not change.

With a dire desire for self-employment, she advises her fellow girls who are under the ECM Sponsorship Program to be patient, but also pray for their sponsors regularly.