Mercedes met the Sisters of Mary during a difficult period in her life. Her step father had been jailed for beating her and her mother and Mercedes was caring for her four young siblings. Her mother struggles to support them all and they rely on the kindness of neighbours for food. Mercedes found hope when the Sisters brought her to Kisarawe Girls School near Dar es Salaam, giving her the chance of a quality education to help her and her family out of poverty.
Now Mercedes dreams of becoming a doctor to help people like her mother, who cannot afford medical treatment. She says, “the way I imagine my life after graduating, is that I will be a successful person because here I am having a good training. I also imagine using different talents that I have in order to reach my dreams and goals in my life.”Read about Mercedes' story