Meet Antoinette

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Meet Antoinette

Antoinette is a Komera scholar selected in 2017. She lives with her Mother, two brothers and sister. They are subsistence farmers which means that they grow what they eat. It’s a challenging life as at times there’s not enough food for everyone. Unfortunately, Antoinette’s father passed away leaving behind a very high debt with the local bank. The bank claimed their family home leaving them with nothing and no ability to send Antoinette or her siblings to school.

In 2016, a year before becoming a Komera scholar, Antoinette participated in the Komera Global Run and WON! As her prize she won books, a school bag and pens, which had an immediate impact on her life. She realized she was a good runner and decided to again participate in a local athletics competition where she won prize money that helped her register for the national examinations and complete her primary exams.

She was running for her education.

When Antoinette was selected as a Komera scholar in 2017 the elation and tears were incredible. She can now run for joy and not to save her life.

Antoinette now goes to school at FAWE girls’ school and is thriving. Her mother participates in the Komera Parent Co-Operative and is learning how to support her own business.

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