Alice grew up in poverty in rural Zambia, supporting her hard-working widowed mother of ten. At the age of 14, Alice had to drop out of school, because the cost of a secondary education was beyond her reach. Alice was destined to become a child bride – a practice common in impoverished communities to reduce family expenses and provide a perceived level of security for girls.
Her life was transformed when the School Based Committee at Camfed’s local partner secondary school in Samfya selected her to receive a Camfed scholarship. The support allowed her to avoid marriage, complete secondary school and join Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network. Through CAMA, Alice became a trainer in financial literacy and entrepreneurship and a role model in her ocmmunity. She now works with district officials to keep girls in school and out of child marriage, and promotes the power of education by sharing her story and success with girls, their communities and as a global advocate for change.
“It has been a great transformation; I never thought that people would at some stage look up to me for guidance and as a leader. I have come full circle from a shy girl to a more confident and focused lady.”
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