"I dropped out of high school in my 3rd year due to lack of school fees. I was only 17 then.
At around the same time, I met and married my first-ever boyfriend. Life was so tough, poverty levels so high, that I was forced to join the job seekers group. I could not get any form of employment, even the most menial, due to a lack of any papers to show I was educated.
Five years later, while a mother of two daughters, I registered and sat my final high school exams, which I passed.
My husband who equally believes in education for women and who had supported my decision to sit the examinations, sought and got me a sponsor, who paid my college fees for a Diploma in Mass communication course.
Along the way, my sister died of HIV and AIDS related causes, leaving me in charge of her four children – three daughters and a son who is HIV- positive. The job market was tougher with only three ways to earn a living: know someone inside, buy the job, or sleep with the boss.
I could not afford any of those and so settled on doing odd jobs to sustain not only my household, but my many dependents, too.
I set up the CDG in order to spare many other women and girls from my community the agony of undergoing my pain at the time."
Phionah Musumba, Founder.
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