Jenipher dropped out of primary school at age eight, working to support herself. When the government dropped primary school fees she returned, supported by CAMFED graduates with school supplies. Jenipher worked as a maid to fund her secondary education before CAMFED stepped in. When her mother became ill and had to move to town, Jenipher went days without food. She sought help and was transferred to a boarding school. On joining the CAMFED Association (CAMA), Jenipher became the District Secretary, a health activist, and a Learner Guide. Now she supervises CAMFED’s work across two districts, volunteers, supports her sibling through school, and has built her mother a house.
“I am the living example of why educating a girl is important. My family decided that my brother would be the one to go to school, but they couldn’t even afford for him to finish. I paid myself, and today I care for the family. Most Learner Guides are the bread-winners of their families. We are changing the community by showing what happens when you educate a girl.”