Mariam was born and grew up in a village in Salima. She became a mother at the age of 15 and was forced to drop out of primary school in grade five. Having a child at a tender age and without any form of support from the baby’s father, Mariam relies on her mother to make ends meet.

The participatory film A Mother at Fifteen shows how Miriam
discovers film making and uses it to engage with her mother, peers
and community. The process of making a film, asking and answering questions, helps her gain confidence and strengthens her determination to continue her education. Empowered by the camera and the support of the film crew, she encourages other girls to share their own experiences.