One of the top academic performers at her school in Zambia's capital city, Esther was also a talented field hockey player and training with the national youth team. She had her heart set on playing around the world, as well as becoming a nurse or pharmacist.
Despite her education and ambition, Esther knew nothing about family planning. Her dreams for the future were shattered when she realized she was pregnant at 16. Esther cried the whole day she found out, not knowing what her future held.
Abandoned by the father, she was forced to give everything up to look after her daughter.
“I was seeing myself getting into the national team, playing national games and you know doing big things then all of a sudden, I became pregnant. I felt like everything is going to be shattered.” - Esther
Esther’s grades plummeted, and everyone at school was talking about her.
But after her daughter was born, when Esther thought of the future, she knew she wanted to continue her education.
Thanks to the support of her family and coaches, Esther was able to start training again with the team and eventually returned to school. Passionate about ensuring other girls and young women are better informed about contraception and able to follow their dreams, Esther now works for MSI as a peer educator.