When Fiona Mavhinga was growing up in rural Zimbabwe, she woke at 4 a.m. and walked five kilometers (three miles) to school. She attended a full day of lessons and returned home in the evenings to tend the family vegetable plot.
To make ends meet, she worked weekends, selling vegetables at the local market. On many occasions, Mavhinga was sent home from school for not paying her fees.
Despite these challenges, she finished her education and used a bursary from a charitable organization to study law. She practiced in the capital, Harare, for three years before going on to work for the Bank of Zimbabwe.
“My story is proof of what education does in rural communities,