Obligated to Marry Before Puberty, African Girls Pay Lasting Cost

Obligated to Marry Before Puberty, African Girls Pay Lasting Cost

CHIKUTU, Malawi – Mapendo Simbeye’s issues started early this past year once the barren hills along Malawi’s north border with Tanzania rejected their tries to develop also cassava, the crop that is hardiest of most. Therefore to feed their spouse and five kids, he said, he decided to go to their neighbor, Anderson Kalabo, and asked for a financial loan. Mr. Kalabo provided him 2,000 kwacha, about $16. The household had been given.

But that created another issue: exactly how could Mr. Simbeye, a penniless farmer, repay Mr. Kalabo?

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