Ethel is 24 years old and is completing grade 12 at school. She is mature beyond her years, struggling with her mother who she says does nothing. She was raised by her sister, who she painfully says has just recently passed away. I loved my sister very much, she was my mum." Ethel is now looking after her sister's children - two sets of twins and a set of triplets - they all call her mum. Ethel looks after the 7 children of her sister and lives with her grandmother and an uncle. There are two other children living in the home as well, 12 in all.
She says she needs to be a good mother, like her sister was to her. To earn money, Ethel goes to Lusaka, four hours away, and buys beautiful clothes of the latest fashion, which she then brings back and sells in Chingola. They have a big farm, where they grow maize, pumpkin leaves, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and cassava.
If it was not for CORAC I would have no help" says Ethel. Although they have some land, they had no tools or understanding about how to grow food until the CORAC people helped. She is on the CORAC committee because it has been such a help to the family.