An 18-year-old Senior Secondary School student identified as Amina Uwikuzi was captured sitting by the roadside selling a variety of fruits while at the same time concentrating on her book.
Well-wishers touched by the story of a student from Rwanda who was selling fruits by the roadside to support her family while reading came together to help her.
Amina Uwikuzi’s photos of her captioned “at work” made rounds on social media after Tito Harerimana shared them on May 14.
Speaking about why she sells fruits, the teenager who comes from a family of six children revealed that she lost her father recently,
“You have probably seen her photo making rounds on socials. She’s an S3 Student, from a family of 6. Amina recently lost her father, the sole family breadwinner,” he said.
According to Athan, Uwikuzi’s mother, Marciana Mujawimana, works as a maid while she vends fruits after school to earn extra money to sustain the family. Athan said he visited the family after being prompted by a friend to go and share a few gifts, which he did on Wednesday, May 18.
“Amina is a happy kid, regardless. She dreams of starting a business for her mother. We can make her dream come true,” he added.
Student’s dream is to open a restaurant for her mother A fundraiser has since been started on SavePlus, where many kind-hearted people are contributing, while others have reached out directly to the family with financial support.
A few people have since reached out to her and her family with donations in form of school materials and funds.
However, Amina dreams of starting a business for her mother. All they can think about is starting a restaurant. That way, the family says they will be able to have food to eat but also generate a better and regular income.