“I want to start a small business and leave my husband, he isn't kind to me, I am hurt and mistreated if I don't do as he wishes. I left my country alone to escape from war and violence, finding shelter and food in Tongogadima, I quickly realised that something is never done for nothing, so I was forced to marry in exchange" Mariam
Elisabeth, Mariam, Delphine and Mirabelle each began their journey in different circumstances. Elisabeth and Mariam were forced to flee their respective countries to escape the ravages of war seeking shelter and protection from two families whom, in spite of their generosity, still adhere to tradition and have given them up for marriage, aged 13 years old. In contrast Delphine and Mirabelle have already had to leave their education in order to live and work in their given husband's homes at the same age of 13. This an age at which most girls around the world are working toward building their future while enjoying the innocence and freedom that only childhood provides.