Standing before the door scribbled 2001, a portal to memories locked away in a bid to forget the anguish of losing my father. My eyes moistened with tears that refused to fall and I chocked of a sob. I suddenly realized that it had been a long time since I last visited this door.

That year my family suffered a great loss, a loss that rocked the very foundation of our existence. He was an archetypal father and breadwinner. His passing brought a lot of hardships and a series of events occurred that seemed surreal to a 12 year old; relatives fought over his wealth and took everything. To my mother it seemed normal as it had occurred before to several other widows in our community. Lack of education made her powerless against them and they took advantage of that. With a family of 5, no education or qualification what so ever, it was hard for my mother to keep us all in school so as the youngest I dropped out and left home to live with my brother.

As if things couldn’t get any worse, I was missing out on an education something which was very important and it filled me with despair.

I could not help but create a garden of hope in the midst of family conflict, poverty and prejudice .It is what made me stronger and every night I prayed about it, somewhere along the line God heard me and answered my prayer. With the help of his friend, my brother sent me to secondary school and the four years i spent there I was driven with the need to succeed, the need to accomplish something in my life and be someone. 2005 I passed with flying colors, but nothing lasts forever; I had reached the end of the line.

2006 Camfed found me and ignited my hope. Through it I saw a future more profound than I had ever imagined before. It empowered me and gave me a voice, but everyone has a voice; it’s what you do with it that matters. With my new found insight I merged my voice with my passion for writing and I discovered that through my work as a writer I can empower and change lives.

My interaction with Camfed led to my discovery of Pulsewire website and as I read the articles and journal entries, I realized that I had found my amplifier. My vision; to be a leader who sees possibilities when others only see despair. My mission; to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of my voice.

2009; College, I became a member of SIFE and dedicated myself to developing outreach projects that improved the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. 12 October 2010, I became a Voice for those whose voices could not be heard .As a presenter at the prestigious SIFE World Cup in Los Angeles USA I passed my first milestone.

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Thank you McDube

Every one has a story to tell and not all of them have a happy ending. In life i learnt that if you give yourself the smallest ounce of hope there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It may not light up every dark corner in your life but it is enough motivation to get you going and not your destination

Life is a journey not your destination

For anything to be successfull you need to be passionate about it. Over the past few years i have discovered that people recognise passion in anything you do more than they do you.

Passion is like fuel which drives you even when you face your greatest challenges. If you think you cant climb mount Kilimanjaro......add a little passion and see how far you will go

I'm so happy that you found Pulse Wire and that you decided to use it. Your voice is full of aspiration, that is exactly what we must restore to our young women. A belief in themselves and what they can do. Thank you for being a shining strong example of this.

Kilio,

What a journey you've had! I'm so glad that you're here with us so that we can be a part of your continued success. Your dreams will take you ever further, I am sure. I appreciate your honesty, your determination, and your eagerness to share your voice to make a positive impact.

Thanks! Scott

Scott Beck

I think that is your middle name, Kilio! Such an inspiration and now that you are here, I cannot imagination anything can stop you. Keep writing, keep reaching. I look forward to learning more from you about your ideas on what a sustainable world looks like and how you want to help that to manifest. Thanks!

Yvonne

Dear Desertmuse

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

The sustainable world i was referring to is created through the positive power of business. I believe in tackling the root cause of many of the problems that my fellow country women are facing , problems such as poverty, child prostitution and HIV/AIDS. Most families in Zimbabw are living below the poverty datum line of less than USD$1.00 per day and there is high unemployment rate which makes it difficult for most people to find a job or the women are not qualified enough for the job and thus they can't earn their keep. Every year the bar for job qualification is being raised. By assisting them start their own businesses and projects which are environmentally responsible they will improve their standards of living while at the same time promoting sustainability in the environment.