It is never too late
She is called BibineMboy Bin Seke and she is a 23-year-old young mother of 5 children and student at the BERTOUA TRAINING CENTER FOR YOUNG WOMEN IN CAMEROON (CEFAF).
At the age of 14, after the death of her father, Bibine dropped out of education in favour of boys. Due to all her difficulties, she entered employment very early and became pregnant with her first child at 15.
Then, she had 4 more children with different fathers, although they always abandoned her after the pregnancy.
One day, Bibine was advised by her cousin to start training at CEFAF and without hesitation, she accepted this preposition.
However, the big challenge was that the training lasts 3 years; how would she juggle being a mother with being a student?
Bibine has been very committed since the start of her training in 2016. She is obliged to wash herself every 5 hours in order to deal with household work, as well as taking the children to school before going to training.
In her training at the centre, Bibine is as focused in her theory lessons as in her practice lessons.
She says that she has already learnt a lot during the 2 years she has been at the centre, and she feels like a different woman thanks to her hotel management studies.
She only has one dream, to have her own restaurant at the end of her training which will allow her to look after her children.
This English translation has been possible thanks to the PerMondo project: Free translation of website and documents for non-profit organisations. A project managed by Mondo Agit. Translator: Callum Melay.