Mar 24, 2017 by Faye Yu
Hamida and her seven siblings moved in with her grandmother after her parents passed away. Her grandmother, however, didn’t earn much, and with eight more mouths to feed, she often ran short of money and the children went to bed hungry. Her income came from collecting branches from a nearby forest and selling it as firewood. Hamida began to help her grandmother sell firewood at the marketplace, and after a while she also decided to drop out of school. They didn’t earn enough money to pay for school fees for all the kids, and Hamida thought attending school was a waste of time because it meant she had less time to help her grandmother sell at the marketplace.