Many young women in rural Africa face difficult futures: of early marriage, young motherhood, limited education, and meager livings.
But not Modester.
At 18, Modester is one of the top students in all of Zambia! She's headed for university and whatever big dream she may have in mind.
See what made the difference for her.
When I think of Modester, a girl I met in Sinazongwe, Zambia in the spring of this year, I imagine a girl—her head held high, shoulders back, standing where the dirt road branches into a Y.
Down one path: a life of early marriage, young motherhood, lack of education, maybe hunger, and more than likely physical labor trying to eke out a meager living.