Tanzania’s popular The Citizen (English) and Mwananchi (Kiswahili) daily papers published a story about ICAP’s community-outreach program known locally as FIKIA.
“Living alone with her three-year-old son in Muleba, a town in Kagera, along Tanzania’s Lake Victoria shoreline, Happiness is doing her best to work hard and earn a livelihood. But in an area with few employment opportunities, especially for women, Happiness has had to make difficult choices that put her at risk.
“’I was born in Muleba and lived with my parents until they separated when I was 12 years old, after which I lived with my grandmother who took care of me until I was 15, when she passed away. After that, I dropped out of school, and I had no support. I started to live alone and tried to earn money through small activities like selling dagaa [a small fish], but it was not enough. Then I met a friend who introduced me to sex work.’”