She is about 15 years old. Her actual birthday is not known. She lives with her mother in a dirt floor hut without power, bathroom, or kitchen. They sleep on a blanket on a dirt floor. The roof is made of thatch.
Nema's family follows Islam. She cannot read or write in either Chechewa or English even though she is about 17 years old. She needs to be in school or she will soon be married.