Both my father and mother were teachers. My father taught secondary school and my mother taught primary school. Life seemed great for my family until I lost my father when I was four years old. Being raised by one parent was not simple. My mother struggled to provide for my sister and me because she was earning so little. Most of the time she had to get loans just to put food on the table.
My sister Ruth and I failed to do well in school because we had empty stomachs most of the time. We also performed poorly in school because we moved from one school to another as my mother tried to get us into towns away from the rural areas. In time, my mother had trouble paying for the rental fees so she decided to move us back to her parents. Even though my family was living at my grandparents things did not improve. My sister was unable to pass the Malawi school certificate of education (MSCE) exam twice and dropped out of school. I passed the primary school certificate examination but was not selected for any national secondary school.
This forced my mother to send me for open distance learning at Biwi Community Day Secondary School. The teachers at the school realized my potential and moved me to the day shift. Unfortunately, I lost my mother in 2017. While I worked hard at school, I found myself being chased out of class due to failure to pay school fees. This was when Good Soil Partners became part and parcel of my life.
Good Soil Partners has taken on the responsibility of paying my fees and accessories needed for school. The organization has gone above and beyond my expectation by providing leadership training. I currently am at Mzunzu University working on my bachelor’s degree in parasitology and disease vector control thanks to support from Good Soil Partners. I expect to complete my program in 2024. My dream is to finish my degree with distinction and become a medical assistant for disease control.
I currently live at the Biwi community with my sister, who just passed the MSCE exam. Our family income consists of a small scale business selling doughnuts as a means of income.