Hannah’s family have always made the best of what they have. And despite living in extreme poverty, they show real courage to work hard and provide for one another. But when Hannah went into labour with twins, her life was about to become even more difficult. One of her children was stillborn.
Mastewal Acha was forced into marriage at the age of sixteen and soon became pregnant. But her immature body simply wasn’t prepared for childbirth and she endured two days of agonizing obstructed labour. Her baby had become stuck in her pelvis and died.
Helen has lived with a debilitating disability since her youth, which made it difficult for her to walk. For years, she was unable to earn a stable income as she faced discrimination from potential employers due to her disability. On top of being disabled, Helen was also poor. She never had the chance to attend school and therefore couldn’t read or do basic math. Unable to do manual labor and with little skills for other work, everyday of Helen’s life was a struggle to survive. .
Early in his youth, Samson’s life took an unexpected turn when he lost his father to AIDS. His ill mother was unable to care for her children and Samson was forced to drop out of school to help support the family. Samson worked odd jobs in the streets, where he earned just six cents a day—barely enough to survive.