Shakira lives with her divorced mother who is herself very young. At about 10 years old Shakira is required to help with many chores including working in the garden to raise vegetables so that the family can eat.
Even though she is about 10 years old, she is in grade 1. This is not uncommon in Malawi. Because school costs money many families cannot afford to send their children. This may be the case with Shakira.