“Both my parents are small-scale farmers. My father always complained about having all of us in school at the same time. He said that he did not have money for me to continue with school, and the only option I had was to get married. My dream is to become a doctor” says Janet, one of the eight children. She was 15 at the time.
The pressure to get married as a child was becoming unbearable. Janet’s father had already forced two of her sisters to drop out of school and get married. Janet understood the harmful effects of child marriage. One of her sisters returned, discarded by her older husband, after only a few months. “Because she was still young, her marriage did not work out, and she came back home,” Janet said.