Shakira is about 7 years old, her actual birthdate is not known. She lives with her parents in a small home with dirt floors, no bath, or kitchen, and a grass roof. The family struggles to eat from a garden where they grow vegetables.
It is unknown if Shakira is able to attend school. She cannot yet read or write in either Chechewa or English. For a poor family the cost of school may prohibit her from attending.