Beatrice is a widow raising five children, including two girls and three boys. “I heard about Women for Women from my sister who graduated from the programme six years ago.

I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood.

I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died.

Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job.

For Valbona, the war in Kosovo destroyed everything she and her family had.