Aqwalina Merengue
Arusha, Tanzania

Aqwalina suffered the mistreatment of her abusive husband for thirteen years. One day, he left her and their young son, Dennis, with nothing but the land under their feet.

She never heard from him again.

She grew vegetables in her garden to sell to neighbors, watering her garden until midnight each night using heavy buckets. Even after a long day of work, she still couldn’t afford Dennis’ school fees.

But she didn’t give up.

“I knew I had to do something for my son.”

With the help of her family she bought a KickStart pump and got to work. She turned her small plot of land into opportunity, and started a profitable farming business.

Aqwalina is now earning enough for Dennis’ school fees, where he’s getting great grades.

As for Aqwalina?

Since we met Aqwalina, she put herself through university, graduated, and is now saving to buy a new house.