Mariam finished Form 4 at Ruvuma Secondary near Songea town. Both of her parents have passed away. She depends on her grandmother, who sells soup for a living. They live in the house her father built, but one side of it has collapsed. Prior to being sponsored, Mariam had been unable to pay her school fees. Her younger brother has left school after 4th grade, because they could not afford the fees. She hopes to one day get a job that can help lift her family out of their poverty.